- September 7, 2020

Two Grizzlies Killed After Human Conflicts

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Two grizzly bears have been euthanized after multiple conflicts in campsites and at residences near West Yellowstone. The conflicts with the two subadult grizzlies — a male and a female — began in 2019. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff worked to haze the bears then, and at the time, the efforts to move them away from residential areas was thought to have been successful. However, reports of problems with these bears started again on August 5th, and by the time the bears were last captured on September 1st, there had been 15 reports of the two bears being in campgrounds at night, inside porches and on steps, where they were able to access garbage and dog food. FWP bear specialists trapped the two, and together with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, they agreed to relocate and release the bears due to their young age and because this was their first time being captured. Both bears were fitted with ear tags and satellite collars. However, the bears returned to the area where the conflicts had occurred previously, and resumed their behavior, including getting into an occupied tent, and a storage compartment on an RV. Bear biologists again captured both bears on September 1st, and due to the chronic conflicts and concerns for human safety, the bear were euthanized.

 

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