Yellowstone begins grizzly bear trapping

A grizzly bear rests in a mud bog atop a bison carcass on May 12 at Blacktail Pond in Yellowstone National Park.

CODY — Bear trapping efforts are underway at Yellowstone National Park as part of an annual count for the animals.

Biologists began trapping grizzly bears at the park Monday and will continue through Oct. 31. A spokeswoman for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, Suzanna Soileau, says most of the trapping will be conducted away from visitors.

Signs warning of closed areas because of the bear work have been posted for hikers who venture into the backcountry.

The trapping is part of an ongoing study of Yellowstone grizzlies and mandated by the Endangered Species Act.

This year's animal count comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed lifting threatened-species protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies. The agency contends the bears are now a recovered species.

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