CODY, Wyo. – Wildlife officials said they trapped and relocated a grizzly bear west of Cody after it killed cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment.
The adult male grizzly was trapped on Monday north of Pinedale and relocated to Clocktower creek drainage about 7 miles west of Wapiti, officials said in a press release.
“Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded to large carnivore biologists to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears and is critical to the management of the population,” the press release states. “When other options are exhausted or unattainable, Game and Fish will attempt to capture the bear. Once the animal is captured, all circumstances are taken into account when determining if the individual should be relocated or removed from the population. If relocation is warranted, the selection of a relocation site is determined taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in as well as potential human activity in the vicinity of the relocation site. Consultation with the appropriate personnel and agencies occurs to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzly bear. Bears that are deemed an immediate threat to human safety are not released back into the wild.”
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