Biologists Trapping Bears in YNP
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 16, 2018
Backcountry hikers are warned that biologists are going to begin trapping grizzly and black bears for research purposes in Yellowstone.
As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears and black bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Park Service and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be conducting research operations in Yellowstone from August 21 through October 31.
Team members will bait and capture bears at several remote sites within the Park, then anesthetize them to allow wildlife biologists to radio-collar and collect scientific samples for study.
None of the capture sites in the park will be located near any established hiking trails or backcountry campsites, and all sites will have posted warnings for the closure perimeter. Potential access points will also be posted with warning signs for the closure area. Backcountry users who come upon any of these posted areas must heed the warnings and stay out of the area.