As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the distribution of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game is continuing to trap and study bears in Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Those trapping operations began earlier this summer inside the caldera in the Island Park area. Spokesman Gregg Losinski explains that data collected from these animals is an important facet of ongoing management of grizzlies in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. So far, he says biologists have been able to trap and radio collar eight grizzlies, but need to extend the trapping period until the end of July in order to trap enough bears to put out the allotted number of collars in circulation out on the landscape. Similar scientific trapping operations are currently occurring throughout the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Losinski says those sites were trapping is taking place are marked with bright orange warning signs and it is critical that members of the public do not enter these closed areas.