Grizzly Subadult Sow Relocated After Cattle Depredation – Buckrail
JACKSON, Wyo – Game managers yesterday transferred a grizzly bear from the Pinedale area to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Under the direction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated a female sub-adult grizzly bear on July 1. The bear was captured for livestock depredation on a US Forest Service grazing lot north of Pinedale. In collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the bear was relocated to the Fall River watershed, about 25 miles northwest of Moran, near the Wilderness Area of Winegar Hole.
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish, bears considered a threat to human security are never moved. Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool available to large carnivorous biologists to minimize conflict between humans and grizzly bears and is essential to population management. When the other options are exhausted or inaccessible, Game and Fish will attempt to capture the bear.
Once the animal is captured, all the circumstances are taken into account in determining whether the animal should be moved or removed from the population. If resettlement is justified, the choice of a resettlement site is determined taking into account the age, gender and type of conflict in which the bear has been involved as well as potential human activity in the vicinity of the site. resettlement site.
This particular site was chosen because of the lack of human presence and the ability to release bears several miles behind closed doors. Consultations with the appropriate staff and agencies take place to minimize the risk of future conflict and maximize the survival potential of the displaced grizzly bear. Bears that are considered an immediate threat to human security are not released into the wild.
Bears are moved in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. Game and Fish continues to emphasize the importance of public accountability in bear management and the importance of keeping all attractants (food, waste, horse feed, bird seed and more) away from bears. . Reducing attractants available to bears reduces human-bear conflict.