(Moose. Wyo.) — Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be conducting grizzly bear research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park beginning Wednesday, April 13
, through April 30.
This research is part of on-going efforts required under the Endangered
Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater
When bear research and trapping activities are being conducted, the area
around the site will be posted with bright warning signs to inform the
public of the activities occurring. For bear and human safety, the public
must respect these signs and stay out of the posted areas.
Trained professionals with the interagency team will bait, trap and handle
grizzly bears in accordance with strict protocols. Once trapped, the bears
are sedated to allow wildlife biologists to collar the bears and collect
samples and data for scientific study.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team was established in 1973 to research
and monitor bears across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in a
collaborative effort between federal land managers and state wildlife
agencies. Gathering of critical data on these protected bears is part of a
long-term research effort to support the recovery of the area’s grizzly
bear population. The team includes representatives from the National Park
Service, U. S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.
Forest Service, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game
Department, and the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
For more information regarding grizzly bear trapping efforts contact the
Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team at 406-994-6675.
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