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August 30, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
National Elk Refuge

The presence of a mountain lion in the Gregory Lane area near the elementary school and junior high has been a high profile story this week.  Wyoming Game and Fish personnel have set several traps and hope to move the cat out of town soon.  In the meantime, the bicycle and pedestrian pathway through the area has been closed in the interest of safety.  Also receiving attention this week has been the spotting of two individual grizzly bears on the northern end of the National Elk Refuge.  Actually, says Spokesperson Lori Iverson, their presence on the refuge may not be all that unique.  She says Refuge officials have suspected over the past few years that they may have grizzly bears on the northern end of the Refuge, but until now had not had any sightings.  Iverson says, “It’s not a surprise to us that grizzly bears are here. Biologists have seen an expansion in the grizzly bear range over the past few years. Iverson cites observations made by Game and Fish Large Carnivore Supervisor Dan Thompson recently that the annual whitebark pine survey indicates a poor pine cone production this year and points to the search for alternate food sources in a drought year as additional motivation for the wildlife to be ranging into new territory in search of food.

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