Grand Teton grizzly bear relocated from Lizard Creek area

Yellowstone National Park managers will focus on hiker education after two visitors were killed by grizzly bears in 2011.

Wildlife managers relocated a grizzly bear that had been frequenting a campground in Grand Teton National Park. (file photo)

A 212-pound male grizzly bear was captured and relocated from the Lizard Creek campground at Grand Teton National Park on Monday.

The bear was fitted with a radio collar and released northwest of Grand Teton in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grizzly bear recovery coordinator, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

The grizzly bear was 3-4 years old and had been frequenting the Lizard Creek campground for several days as it foraged on native vegetation. Efforts by park rangers and biologists to haze the bear away from the developed area were unsuccessful.

The bear was not food-conditioned, and it did not receive any human food during the time it remained around the campground. The decision to relocate the animal for public safety resulted from its repeated and frequent return to the campground, and its relative ease around people.

As a temporary safety measure before the grizzly bear was captured, a restriction was implemented on Sunday evening to allow only hard-sided camping units at Lizard Creek campground. That restriction was lifted after the bear was caught and relocated Monday. Restrictions for hard-sided camping only are in place at several campgrounds throughout the greater Yellowstone area in response to the regular presence of grizzly bears at those locations.

This young grizzly bear was in good physical condition. Although part of the greater Yellowstone grizzly bear population, it had not been previously identified and has no documented history biologists who track grizzlies in the area.

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