(South Pass, Wyo.) – Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Large Carnivore Specialist Brian DeBolt has confirmed a recent sighting of a grizzly bear in the Beaver Creek drainage. The drainage is near Limestone Mountain Road, the Wild Iris climbing area and the Beaver Creek ski trails.
The bear’s image was captured on a black bear hunter’s trail camera on June 9, DeBolt said. A copy of the photo was not available for County10 to post.
DeBolt says this is about the fourth year in a row grizzlies have been document in the southern Wind River Mountains, and called this latest sighting “not a big surprise.”
“We don’t really plan on doing anything at this point, because he’s not causing any trouble,” he said. This bear is likely one that was spotted in the same region last year, and DeBolt said no problems arose from its presence then. It is believed to be a male, as no cubs were with it, but the sex is unknown for sure.
G&F has placed trap cameras around the area to keep an eye on the grizzly’s movement, and DeBolt said if any concerns about the bear arose, he would inform the public. He said climbers in the area have been vigilant, and right now there should be no more concern about this bear than any other you might run into in the wild.
Earlier in the season, DeBolt and G&F employees relocated a black bear that was getting into trash cans in Sinks Canyon State Park. The bear was moved to the Cody region, and trash cans have been improved in the park, he said.