Posted: May 31, 2013 2:06 PM by KBZK Media Center
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Biologists will be trapping and collaring grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park starting next week.
This is part of the ongoing monitoring of the activities and population of grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Research will take place from June 3 to July 15.
Members of the by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will bait and trap bears at several remote sites in 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, according to the park. 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.