A two-year-old grizzly bear, thought to be the offspring of the familiar grizzly sow 610, was trapped and moved out of the southern end of Grand Teton National late last week as a precautionary measure. Wyoming Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke says there had been reports last week of the bear being around the Solitude subdivision and Moose housing area, trying to obtain food, and showing no shyness around people.
Gocke said, “When you have a bear that’s being bold around people and not afraid of people it can lead to a bad situation and we’re always going to treat human safety as priority number one. So, we elected to go ahead and move that bear up north to the Sheffield Creek area which is just south of Yellowstone’s South Entrance”
Gocke says wildlife managers have had good luck at relocating these younger bears before they have established a territory and having them remain in their new surroundings.
He added, “We’re hopeful that the bear will stay north in Grand Teton National Park in those areas that are away from development and human food”
Gocke reminds residents that with the bears more active now and still largely at the lower elevations, it is extremely important to keep attractants including garbage, pet food and bird food unavailable for bears to obtain.