As they've done for the past 36 years, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team are gearing up to resume grizzly research work in Yellowstone National Park.
Al Nash, Public Relations Officer for Yellowstone National Park, says this long-term monitoring and research of the grizzly population provides much critical information:
Al says the researchers will go into the park, away from established trails and sites, set up traps, capture grizzly bears, sedate them, and then go about the business of conducting research:
Al adds that none of the trap sites are near any established hiking trails or backcountry camping areas. However, he adds that all trap sites will have a posted perimeter, and potential access points will be posted with warning signs. He says in the unlikely event that backcountry users were to come upon one of these areas, they should heed the warning and stay out of the posted area.