Biologists To Trap Grizzlies in SW Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the USGS in conjunction with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations will begin soon within the Taylor Fork Drainage of the Gallatin National Forest, Montana. Biologists, with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST), will begin work in the Taylor Fork beginning July 6th and continue through August 15th.

In order to attract bears, biologists utilize natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk. Potential trapping sites are baited with these natural foods and if indications are that grizzly bears are in the area, culvert traps or foot snares will be used to capture the bears.

Wherever bear trapping activities are being conducted, the area around the site will be posted with bright warning signs to inform the public of the activities occurring. These signs are posted along the major access points to the trapping site. It is important that the public heed these signs and do not venture into an area that has been posted.

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