Grizzly Research Resumes In National Parks

Yellowstone National Park, Bear Hunting Magazine

As spring turns into summer, grizzly bears are now out of their dens and the long-term studies on them are resuming in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

At Glacier National Park, the study aims to monitor grizzly bear population trends in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. Bait stations, automated cameras, and traps are used to capture and monitor grizzly bears within the park. Bait stations and trap sites are marked with brightly colored warning and closure signs. Park visitors are asked to respect posted signs and not enter sites where grizzly bear traps or bait stations are present. Wildlife biologists attempt to maintain a sample of up to ten radio-collared female grizzlies living in the park. Trapping efforts will continue through October at various locations.

In Yellowstone National Park, biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be conducting scientific grizzly bear research operations in the park from June 3 through July 15 as part of the ongoing monitoring of the activities and population of grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Team members will bait and trap bears at several remote sites within Yellowstone. Once trapped, the bears are anesthetized to allow wildlife biologists to radio-collar and collect scientific samples for study. None of the trap sites in the park will be located near any established hiking trails or backcountry campsites, and all trap sites will have posted warnings for the closure perimeter. Potential access points will also be posted with warning signs for the closure area. Backcountry users who come upon any of these posted areas need to heed the warnings and stay out of the area.

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