Grizzly Relocated to Crandall Area
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 26, 2018
A young grizzly was relocated to the Crandall area this week after it had been caught killing cattle near Pinedale.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated the sub-adult male grizzly bear on July 24th, after it was captured for killing cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment north of Pinedale. In cooperation with the Shoshone National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Fox Creek drainage, which is about 13 miles northwest of Crandall.
Dusty Lasseter with the Game and Fish Department says that when it comes to relocating problem bears, the Cody region is a good option, as cattle grazing is minimal in that part of the forest.
According to the Game and Fish Department, grizzly bear relocation is critical to the management of the population. 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.
However, bears that are deemed an immediate threat to human safety are not released back into the wild.