Grizzly Bears Relocated
Cody– At the direction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated a subadult female grizzly bear, as well as an adult female and her cub on October 16, 2018.
The bears were captured as part of a preemptive effort to reduce the potential for conflicts due to their proximity and behavior around human activities and outfitter camps, (with the expectation of increased human presence), in the Upper Green River Drainage on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Shoshone National Forest, these bears and a non-target subadult female grizzly bear from the South Fork of the Shoshone River southwest of Cody, WY were relocated to the Camp creek drainage approximately 31 miles Northwest of Cody, WY. 
Bears that are considered a threat to human safety are NOT relocated.  Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded to large carnivore biologists to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears and is critical to the management of the population.  When other options are exhausted or unattainable, Game and Fish will attempt to capture the bear.  Once the animal is captured, all circumstances are taken into account when determining if the individual should be relocated or removed from the population. If relocation is warranted,  the selection of a relocation site is determined taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in as well as potential human activity in the vicinity of the relocation site.  This particular site was chosen due to the lack of human presence and ability to release the bears several miles behind closed gates. Consultation with the appropriate personnel and agencies occurs to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzly bear. Bears that are deemed an immediate threat to human safety are not released back into the wild. 
Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal law and regulation. Game and Fish continues to stress the importance of the public’s responsibility in bear management and the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, garbage, horse feed, bird seed, and others) unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants available to bears reduces human-bear conflicts.  For more information on grizzly bear management and reducing the potential for conflicts please visit the Bear Wise Wyoming page:
For further information please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, Hilary Cooley, at (406) 243-4903.

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