Grizzly #399 cubs caught and collared


Late Saturday, an interagency team successfully attached radio collars to two of grizzly bear #399’s yearlings in order to monitor the bears’ location and take steps to prevent conflicts between the bears and residents of Jackson Hole.

After being collared, the two grizzly yearlings, along with a third that was not collared, were released together in the presence of #399 and the remaining yearling.

These steps, including the use of hazing when appropriate, are being taken to prevent the need for further management actions to ensure the safety of the bears and to mitigate further human-bear conflict.

In recent days there has been a significant increase in the frequency of the five bears lingering near human residences and accessing human sources of food, including beehives, unsecured animal feed, and garbage.

The most common human-bear conflicts result from unsecured attractants and surprise encounters.

Acting Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Matt Hogan says that the Service recognizes the high level of interest in grizzly bear #399, and together with Grand Teton National Park, and the Teton County Sheriff’s office, they are working to ensure both the safety of the public as well as the safety of #399 and her cubs from growing risks of human-bear conflict.

For more information about keeping yourself and bears safe in bear country, please visit the Wyoming Bear Wise program, Grand Teton NP Staying Safe in Bear County, USFWS bear safety, or the Interagency Grizzly Bear Safety page.

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