Grizzly Bear near Pinedale relocated
by Wyoming Game & Fish
August 20, 2010
PINEDALE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated an adult male grizzly bear on August 17, 2010. The bear was captured because it was frequenting a residential area north of Pinedale, Wyoming. The bear was relocated to the Blackrock Creek drainage approximately 21 miles east of Moran, WY, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bridger Teton National Forest. 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.