JACKSON HOLE, WYO – At the direction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated an adult female grizzly bear on August 8.
The bear was captured for killing livestock on private lands in the Cody Region. In cooperation with the USFWS and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Bailey Creek drainage approximately 11 miles northwest of Moran Junction.
It has been a relatively quiet year so far in 2019 as far as grizzly-human conflicts. An uptick in black bear activity in urban interface areas has been noted throughout western Wyoming but grizzlies, so far, have been staying out of trouble.
Bears that are considered a threat to human safety are not relocated. Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded to large carnivore biologists to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears and is critical to the management of the population. When other options are exhausted or unattainable, Game and Fish will attempt to capture the bear.
Once the animal is captured, all circumstances are taken into account when determining if the individual should be relocated or removed from the population. If relocation is warranted, the selection of a relocation site is determined taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in as well as potential human activity in the vicinity of the relocation site.
This particular site was chosen due to the lack of human presence in the area. Consultation with the appropriate personnel and agencies occurs to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzly bear. Bears that are deemed an immediate threat to human safety are not released back into the wild.
Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal law and regulation. Game and Fish continues to stress the importance of the public’s responsibility in bear management and the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, garbage, horse feed, bird seed and others) unavailable to bears.
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