Grizzly Relocated to Mormon Creek | Big Horn Basin Media

Grizzly Relocated to Mormon Creek

Written by on August 15, 2019

Another grizzly bear has been introduced to the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance to Yellowstone.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated a sub-adult male grizzly bear on August 12th to the Mormon Creek Drainage about 5 miles from the East Entrance. The bear had been captured for killing cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment north of Pinedale.

Dusty Lasseter, Bear-Wise Coordinator for the Game and Fish, says they choose the relocation spot carefully, taking into consideration the bear’s history and behavior.

Concerns have been raised by the public in recent months about the number of bears that have been relocated to the area just east of Yellowstone. But Lasseter says it’s not unusual to see this many bears moved around the forest, pointing out that the number varies from year to year.

Lasseter says despite the number of grizzlies that have been relocated in the last couple of weeks, the lush vegetation available this summer to the bears in the high country has, for the most part, kept them away from populated areas, resulting in fewer reports of human-bear conflicts.

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