JACKSON, Wyo. — Grizzly bear trapping operations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) will begin this spring and continue into early fall, says the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
These operations are conducted to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the GYE.
Game and Fish biologists will conduct grizzly bear trapping operations in both front and backcountry areas.
In areas where trapping is conducted, major access points will be marked with warning signs. All trap sites will be posted with area closure signs in the direct vicinity of trap sites. It is critical that all members of the public heed these signs.
When captured by biologists, animals are collared, released on site, and monitored in accordance with strict guidelines developed jointly by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
Game and Fish explained how the annual monitoring of this population is vital to the ongoing management and conservation of grizzly bears in Wyoming.
“Information obtained through these efforts is used to assess the status and health of grizzly bears in the ecosystem and provides insight into population dynamics critical to demonstrate the continued recovery of the Greater Yellowstone population,” said Game and Fish.