(Cody, Wyo.) - Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel recently verified grizzly bear tracks on the west side of the McCullough Peaks northeast of Cody. Bear Wise Wyoming Coordinator Dusty Lasseter said this is an area where Game and Fish would not typically expect to see grizzly bear activity and asks the public to maintain awareness when recreating in the area. Click here
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“This is another indication of a healthy and recovered grizzly population.
As grizzly bear populations continue to grow and increase in distribution,
people should be aware that they may see bears in areas they normally would
not expect to see bears. As always, it is imperative to report grizzly
bear activity and conflicts to Game and Fish,” Lasseter said.
“This is the time year when we typically see increasing black bear and
grizzly bear activity at lower elevations in areas surrounding Cody,”
Lasseter said. “Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to be bear aware and take
preventative action to avoid conflicts with bears.”
Outdoorsmen should remain alert and watch for evidence of bear activity
such as tracks, scat, and diggings. Hikers, fisherman, antler hunters, or
anyone else recreating in areas that could be occupied by bears should take
precautions, travel in groups and carry a deterrent such as commercially
available bear spray. Bears observed in or near residential areas should
be immediately reported to your local Game and Fish office.
“We thank the public for their cooperation and support, and acknowledge the
efforts of residents and visitors of Park County toward grizzly bear
recovery,” Lasseter said.