WYOMING — Two yearling male grizzly bears were relocated from Clark, Wyoming, about 30 miles north of Cody to Fox Creek drainage, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) announced Monday.

The bears were captured on Sept. 21, “due to agricultural damage and to reduce conflict potential,” WGFD said. “The bears had localized outside suitable habitat in Park County near Clark.”

Fox Creek drainage is in the Shoshone National Forest, about 50 miles northwest of Cody.

WGFD consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prior to the relocation.

According to Game and Fish, relocation is a critical tool in managing the expanding population of grizzly bears in Wyoming. Grizzly bears are only relocated into the recovery zone or adjacent areas, and the relocation site is determined by considering the age, sex and type of conflict the bear was involved in as well as potential human activity nearby. 

Grizzly relocations have been occurring in MontanaWyoming and Idaho recently.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.