Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be resuming research operations in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, continuing through mid-July. The studies planned are part of the ongoing monitoring of the activities and population of grizzly bears within the greater Yellowstone area.
First up, members of the study team will bait and trap grizzlies at several remote sites within Yellowstone National Park. Once trapped, the bears will be anesthetized to allow wildlife biologists to place radio collars on the animals and collect scientific samples for future study.
According to a media release from Yellowstone National Park, none of the trap sites there will be located near any established hiking trails or backcountry campsites - and warnings will be posted in the perimeter of all trap sites. Backcountry hikers or outdoor enthusiasts who come upon any of these posted areas need to heed the warnings and stay out of the area.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team was first established in 1973 with the goal of monitoring and managing bears in the ecosystem in a collaborative interagency manner. The group says collecting these types of data is critical to ensuring Yellowstone's grizzly population continues to recover.