Grizzly Bear relocated
by Wyoming Game & Fish
September 8, 2010
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated two adult male grizzly bears on September 5, 2010.
One bear was captured because it was frequenting an outfitter camp north of Jackson, Wyoming. The other male bear was involved in sheep depredations on a federal grazing allotment north of Pinedale, WY. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Shoshone National Forest, the bears were relocated to the Clarks Fork drainage approximately 36 miles northwest of Cody, 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.