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Judge sides with feds in wrongful death suit over fatal bear mauling near Yellowstone

Wildlife officials have proposed ending federal protections for Yellowstone area grizzly bears.

Citing a Wyoming law that protects landowners who allow outdoor recreation on their land, a federal judge has ruled against a woman who filed a wrongful death suit that blamed federal researchers after her husband was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized and released near the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne issued a summary judgment in the civil case on Tuesday. Freudenthal dismissed the case "based upon Wyoming’s Recreational Use Act," a state law that releases landowners from liability or obligations to warn non-paying recreation users in relation to potentially dangerous activities. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton warns visitors to avoid bear trapping areas, follow bear safety rules

A tranquilized grizzly bear lies in a trap similar to those used for research studies or for capturing and relocating problem bears around the greater Yellowstone area.

Grand Teton National Park managers are warning visitors to steer clear of trap sites this summer where bears are being captured as part of ongoing bear management operations, and to follow basic rules for staying safe in bear country. A small number of "nuisance bears" throughout Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway may be captured for relocation or to be euthanized, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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