Grizzly bear trapping for the purpose of monitoring the population begins in northwest Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct trapping operations this year. State biologists will conduct these operations in both front and backcountry areas. The WGFD would like to let the public know the following information: All areas where trapping is conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs. All trap sites will be posted with area closure signs in the direct vicinity of trap sites.  It is critical that all members of the public heed these signs.

Trapping grizzly bears can be dangerous but it is the best way to check the overall health of the population in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Once a grizzly is captured, the bear will have a GPS collar attached to them. Then after the collaring the bear will have its overall health checked and have a rough age taken. At that point, the bear will then be released.

These trapping operations and monitoring are vital to the ongoing management and conservation of grizzly bears in Wyoming.  Information obtained through these efforts is used to assess the status and health of grizzly bears in the ecosystem and provides insight into population dynamics critical to demonstrate the continued recovery of the Greater Yellowstone population. These efforts will hopefully help the state work to get the grizzly bear population in the Yellowstone ecosystem delisted from the Endangered Species List.

For more information regarding grizzly bear trapping efforts, call the Department’s Lander regional office at 307-332-2688.

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