G&F Monitors Grizzly Bears, Promotes Safety

G&F Monitors Grizzly Bears, Promotes Safety

 

G&F Monitors Grizzly Bears, Promotes Safety
Do you know what you would do if confronted by a bear or mountain lion?

JACKSON — With most bears out of their winter den and actively foraging, we’re reminded that it’s a good time to think about how to avoid conflicts with large carnivores. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging people to attend a free public seminar on “Living in Large Carnivore Country.”

The event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30PM-7:30PM at the Teton County Library in Jackson. Anyone who spends time in bear and lion country is encouraged to attend.

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“We’ve found that there are a lot of people who aren’t really sure how they should react if confronted by a bear or mountain lion,” says Mark Gocke, public information specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “These workshops provide people with good, practical information on how to prevent conflicts and what to do in an encounter with one of these large carnivores.”

The seminar will focus on how to avoid conflicts with Wyoming’s large carnivores, grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions and wolves. There will be presentations by wildlife professionals with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on topics such as: large carnivore distribution and food habits, food storage regulations, understanding large carnivore behavior, what to do in an encounter and the proper use of bear spray.

For more information people may contact the Jackson Game and Fish office at (307) 733-2321 or 1-800-423-4113 (in-state) during regular business hours.

The G&F supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone needing auxiliary aids to attend this meeting should call a number listed above. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.

G&F to Begin Monitoring Grizzly Bears in Northwest Wyoming

LANDER — As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct capture operations in areas of northwest Wyoming beginning this spring and continuing through early fall.

PUBLIC REMINDED TO HEED WARNING SIGNS

All areas where trapping is being conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs, as well as area closure signs in the direct vicinity of trap sites.  It is critical that all members of the public heed these signs.  When captured, animals are collared, released on site, and monitored in accordance with strict guidelines developed jointly by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

 

The annual monitoring of this grizzly bear population is vital to the ongoing management and recovery of grizzly bears in Wyoming.  Information obtained through these efforts is directly used to assess the status and health of grizzly bears in the ecosystem and provides insight into population dynamics critical to demonstrate the successful recovery of the overall population.

 

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