Yellowstone grizzly capture efforts to begin next week


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Population monitoring efforts that will involve baiting and capturing grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will begin on Tuesday, according to the National Park Service.

Monitoring grizzly populations in the GYE is a requirement for the species under the Endangered Species Act, and efforts will be undertaken starting Aug. 9 by the U.S. Geological Survey in partnership with NPS, according to an Aug. 4 release.

Capture efforts, headed by biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, will end around October 28, per the release, which also says all areas where work is being conducted will have brightly labeled warning signs posted.

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“It is critical that all members of the public heed these signs,” NPS said in the release, adding that the public should avoid venturing into any areas with warning signs posted.

Scientists will be using natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk to bait locations and, if any bears are found to be in the area, will lure them to foot snares and culvert traps, NPS says.

All captured bears will be handled in accordance with strict safety and animal care protocols approved by the scientific team, NPS, and USGS, per the release.