Grizzly Bear relocated out of Pinedale area
by Wyoming Game & Fish
July 12, 2010
JACKSON - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped a sub-adult male grizzly bear on July 3, 2010. The bear was captured because it had killed domestic cattle north of Pinedale, WY. The bear was relocated to the Pilgrim Creek drainage in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, WY.
The release site is located within currently occupied grizzly bear habitat and the Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone. 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.
Grizzly bears are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, therefore grizzly bear relocations are governed by federal regulations and the selection of a release site is coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate land management agency. Wildlife officials from both the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park worked cooperatively to determine a suitable relocation sight.
Release sites are selected to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzlies. When proposing a relocation site, the Department makes every consideration possible 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 hum