Food-stealing grizzly bears are trapped and collared “to alleviate human-bear conflict”


Wildlife managers in northwestern Wyoming put tracking collars on two of four cubs belonging to a well-known grizzly bear that looted human food sources. Officials said the move was made “to better monitor the location of bears and take steps to mitigate human-bear conflict.”

Wildlife watchers have known Grizzly # 399 for years, closely following its movements and offspring. The grizzly bear and its current litter of cubs have recently had trouble finding their way into the garbage, apiaries, and feed in the Jackson area.

Grizzly Bear # 399 and her four cubs cross a road as Cindy Campbell stops traffic in Jackson Hole, Wyo., November 17, 2020.

Ryan Dorgan / Jackson Hole News and Guide via AP

“In recent days, there has been a significant increase in the frequency of the five bears lingering near human residences and accessing human food sources,” the US Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement on Sunday.

The Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and other agencies put tracking collars on two of No.399’s one-year-old cubs on Saturday. They trapped three of the four cubs and released one without putting it on. necklace, officials said.

The collar is a “preventative step” intended to help the Fish and Wildlife Service address future issues involving Grizzly # 399 and its cubs, the agency’s acting regional director Matt Hogan said in the statement.

The statement urged people living in grizzly bear country to store trash in bear-resistant containers, keep other potential foods off the bears, keep bird feeders at least 10 feet off the ground and not not plant fruit trees.

Grizzlies in the Yellowstone area of ​​Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Between 700 and 1,000 people live in the region, compared to a hundred half a century ago.

Other areas have recently seen a peak of bears plundering human food sources. In September, as thousands of South Lake Tahoe residents returned home Monday after evacuating during the Caldor fire, authorities released a warning to be on the lookout for bears who wandered in the evacuated neighborhoods, ransacked garbage cans and houses, looked for food. Officials said they received 15 calls from marauding bears in just one week.


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