Posted: Jul 12, 2013 7:33 PM by MTN News
As biologists begin to trap grizzly bears in the Gallatin National Forest, officials want to remind all who use the area to heed posted warning signs.
Crews from the USGS and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will be pre-baiting traps to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. These efforts are required under the Endangered Species Act.
Officials say scientific trapping operations will begin soon within the
Taylor Fork Drainage of the Gallatin National Forest. Biologists, with the
Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST), will begin work in the Taylor Fork July 16 through Aug. 15.
Where work is being conducted for scientific purposes, 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.
Officials say it is critical that all members of the public heed these signs.
According to biologists, monitoring of grizzly bear distribution and other activities are vital to ongoing recovery of grizzlies in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. In order to attract bears, biologists utilize natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk.
Sites are baited with these natural foods and if indications are that grizzly bears are in the area, traps will be used to capture the bears.
For more information regarding grizzly bear trapping efforts call 406-994-6675.