Wyoming grizzly bear relocated to area near Yellowstone

Billings Gazette

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated a male grizzly bear to the greater Yellowstone area Wednesday after the bear killed cattle on an undisclosed ranch in Wyoming.

“After consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated an adult male grizzly bear on May 4,” the department said in a press release Friday.

The bear was captured for “cattle depredation on private land” and relocated in the Sunlight creek drainage approximately 30 miles from the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

State and federal law governs the capture and relocation of grizzly bears and the agencies involved are required to notify the public when such encounters occur. According to Wyoming Game and Fish the use of relocations is a management tool for large carnivore conservation efforts that seek to minimize conflicts between bears and humans.

Grizzlies are only relocated into areas already populated by the species, the press release said, and bears that threaten human life or are considered a hazard to people are never relocated under the program, the agency said.

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