This morning around 12:30 a.m. Wyoming Highway Patrol received a report from a driver that he had struck a bear cub while driving on Togwotee Pass. Brian DeBolt, Large Carnivore Conflict Coordinator for the Wyoming Game & Fish confirms that a 6-7 month old grizzly bear cub was struck and killed by a driver on the west side of Togwotee Pass. DeBolt says this is the third bear, and the second grizzly bear, that he's aware of that has been struck and killed by a vehicle this season. A black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle about one month ago near Independence Rock and a grizzly bear cub was struck and killed
Grand Teton National Park last month.
"It's unfortunate that this has happened, but understandably bears that
frequent roadsides have a higher mortality rate," DeBolt explained. "This
is why the G&F discourages roadside bears on our Wyoming highways."
DeBolt notes citations aren't given to individuals who strike wildlife with
*Feature photo: Pitchengine Communities stock photo of a grizzly bear cub
on Togwotee Pass / h/t Shane Mathill*