2 Grizzly Bears relocated from Pinedale area
by Wyoming Game & Fish
July 20, 2010
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated one sub-adult male grizzly bear on July 16 and one adult male grizzly bear on July 19, 2010.
The sub-adult bear was captured because of its involvement with sheep depredations; the adult bear was captured because of its involvement with a cattle depredation. Both incidents occurred on the Bridger-Teton National Forest north of Pinedale.
In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Shoshone National Forest, the sub-adult bear was relocated to the North Fork of the Shoshone River drainage approximately five miles east of Yellowstone National Park. The sub-adult bear was relocated to the Clarks Fork River drainage approximately 13 miles northwest of Crandall, WY. The release site is located within the Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone and currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.
Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded bear management personnel to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzlies. 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. Since grizzly bears are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate land management agency is also made to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzlies. Bears are relocated in accordance with federal law and regulation. When selecting a relocation site, the Department makes every consideration to minimize potential conflicts with livestock and people.
Bears can create conflicts after they have obtained food rewards. The Department continues to stress the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, horse feeds, bird seed and others) unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants reduces human-bear conflicts.