Two grizzly bears have been captured and moved to new locations after feeding on livestock in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department consulted with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the decision was made to relocate a sub-adult male grizzly bear on July 31 and an adult male grizzly bear on Aug. 1.
Both grizzlies were relocated for livestock depredations that occurred on private and public land, respectively. The bear captured on July 31 was relocated to the Bailey Creek drainage 11 miles from the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
The bear captured on Aug. 1 was relocated to the Five Mile drainage, approximately 5 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.,
Efforts to move problem bears are tools that biologists use to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears. Wyoming Game and Fish officials say that capturing the bears is necessary when other deterrents don’t work. Grizzly bears are only relocated into areas with existing populations of other grizzly bears.
For more information on grizzly bear management and reducing the potential for conflicts please visit the Bear Wise Wyoming.