Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will conduct scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park from June 3 through July 15 as part of the ongoing monitoring of grizzlies 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.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team was established in 1973 to collaboratively monitor and manage ecosystem bears on an interagency basis. The gathering of critical data on the protected bears is part of a long-term research effort required under the Endangered Species Act to help wildlife managers devise and implement programs to support the ongoing recovery of Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population.
For more information regarding grizzly bear research efforts, call 406-994-6675.