As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced they will conduct grizzly bear capture operations in areas of northwestern Wyoming beginning this spring and continue them through early fall in both front and backcountry areas. All areas where trapping is being conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs. All trap sites will be posted with area closure signs in the direct vicinity of trap sites. Officials say it is critical that all members of the public heed these signs. When captured, animals are collared, released on site, and monitored in accordance with strict guidelines developed jointly by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. Information obtained through these efforts is used to assess the status and health of grizzly bears in the ecosystem and bear biologists say it provides insight into population dynamics critical to demonstrate the continued recovery of the Greater Yellowstone population.