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Grizzlies captured and euthanized near Byron, WY

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Cody -Grizzly Bears have been trapped in Wyoming’s Big Horn County, about 40 miles east of Cody.  Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department Wildlife Supervisor for the Cody region said that is the farthest east grizzlies have been trapped.  Dan Smith said the sow and her two cubs of the year traveled to Byron from Jackson, about 150 miles away.

Smith said the bears started this year in the Cody area, where they got into trouble on a ranch.  He said the sow was depredating cattle.  Smith said she was trapped and collared.  Smith said the sow and two cubs were relocated to the Snake River area near Jackson in September. 

About a month later, they were found on a ranch near Byron, which is 40 miles east of Cody and about 150 miles east of Jackson. Smith said Game and Fish personnel trapped all three,  and at the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, put them down.

Smith explained, “This is certainly the furthest east we have had to trap a grizzly bear, in recent history, as far back as the seventies. I don’t have history before that. but certainly since grizzlies have been put on the Endangered Species List, we have not had to trap one this far east.”

Smith said his agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to euthanize the sow and cubs, because she had gotten into trouble before, was too close to humans, and returned to the area from where she had been relocated.

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