Grizzly Catch and Release Begins in Northwest Wyoming

Written by on May 15, 2020

Its always good to be bear-aware, but under current circumstances its even more important.

As part of an annual ongoing effort, Wyoming Game and Fish has commenced with the capture and release of grizzly bears throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This is to help scientists and wildlife officials better understand the population dynamics of grizzly bears as a whole, while assessing the health and status of certain individuals. Regardless of your opinion regarding bears, this information will be invaluable in determining the success of their recovery and inform future decisions on their management, protection and conservation.

To do this, Game and Fish will be capturing, collaring, and releasing bears in front and backcountry areas. All areas where this is being conducted will have major access points 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.  If you see one, you don’t need to be there. An angry government official might be the least threatening thing you encounter, let alone a groggy and recently collared bear.

Cody has already seen its fair share of bear scares this year, and its best not to tempt fate when the professionals are working to do their part in the continued management of our native grizzlies.


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