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2012 Sets Record For Grizzly Bear Conflicts

July 18, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says 2012 was a record year for bear-human conflicts in the state.  Altogether, the department resolved 220 conflicts between grizzly bears and people during the year. Game and Fish officials say those actions included the capture and most frequently relocation of 45 bears during the year.  Game and Fish Large Carnivore Conflict Coordinator Brian DeBolt says there are a number of factors that led to the increased number of conflicts.  He says, “It’s a function of increased numbers and distribution of bears, coupled with a poor food year (you know, we’re going through a drought ) so bears are having a hard time finding something to eat – that’s when they come into conflict with humans.” DeBolt says 19 of the captures were a result of bears killing livestock while others involved bears obtaining non-natural food sources or causing damage to property. Bears were typically relocated to Forest Service or Game and Fish Department lands in or adjacent to grizzly bear recovery zones.  12 captures resulted in the destruction of the bears.

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