Problem Bears Relocated | Big Horn Basin Media

Problem Bears Relocated

Written by on May 15, 2017

Two grizzlies frequenting the South Fork area were relocated last week.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated a sub-adult male grizzly bear May 9 after it was captured for visiting developed areas on the South Fork west of Cody. The bear was relocated to the Sunlight Creek drainage, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

On May 10, an adult male grizzly bear was captured in the same area. This bear was relocated to the Clarks Fork drainage, about 10 miles northwest of Crandall.

According to Game and Fish staff, the decision to relocate and the selection of a relocation site is made taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in. When selecting a relocation site, the Department makes every consideration to minimize potential conflicts with livestock and people.

The Department continues to stress the importance of keeping all attractants, such as food items, horse feeds, bird seed, and garbage unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants reduces human-bear conflicts.

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