(Lander, Wyo.)  – 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.

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 immobilized, processed, 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 evaluate the successful recovery of the overall population.