The 2020 Annual Report of Grizzly Bear Management Captures, Relocations and Removals completed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is now available on the department website.
The annual report is required by state statute and quantifies management actions by the Game and Fish in relation to grizzly bear conflict resolution in Wyoming outside the National Parks and Wind River Reservation.
Because grizzly bears remain under federal protection, Wyoming Game and Fish manages them under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
During 2020, in response to over 200 conflicts, Game and Fish captured 26 individual grizzly bears in an attempt to prevent or resolve them. Most captures were adult males.
Large carnivore conflict coordinator Brian DeBolt notes that increased recreation was a concern for managers in 2020, but the abundance of the grizzly’s natural foods and bear-wise practices by many recreationists made a difference, thus preventing the need for captures and relocations due to conflict.