JACKSON — After consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated two subadult male grizzly bears on June 28. The bears were captured and relocated as a preemptive move to reduce conflict potential where the bears had localized outside of suitable habitat in Park County near Heart Mountain.
In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the bears were relocated to the Boone Creek drainage approximately 28 miles northwest of Moran.
Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal law and regulation, and Game and Fish is required to update the public whenever a grizzly bear is relocated.
Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool large carnivore biologists use to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears. It is critical to managing the expanding population of grizzly bears in Wyoming.
Capture is necessary when other deterrents or preventative options are exhausted or unattainable. Once the animal is captured, all circumstances are taken into account when determining if the individual should be relocated. If relocation is warranted, a 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 bears are only relocated into the recovery zone or adjacent areas. With any relocation, Game and Fish consults with appropriate agencies to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the relocated grizzly bear’s survival.
Bears that are considered a threat to human safety are not relocated. In some cases, a bear may be removed from the population if it cannot be relocated successfully.
How you can help
Game and Fish continues to stress the importance of the public’s responsibility in bear management and the importance of keeping all attractants such as food, garbage, horse feed, bird seed unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants available to bears reduces human-bear conflicts, and in some cases, relocations.
For more information on grizzly bear management and reducing the potential for conflicts please visit the Bear Wise Wyoming webpage.