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·         Wyoming Grizzly Bear Relocated to the Yellowstone Area After Attacking Cattle

·         Rancher says wolves continue to kill cattle despite efforts to scare them off



Wyoming Grizzly Bear Relocated to the Yellowstone Area After Attacking Cattle

Bear not a threat to people, wildlife authorities say.


Mary Beth “Mouse” Skylis, Backpacker 

May 11, 2022


A grizzly bear in Wyoming has a new home after state wildlife authorities relocated him to the greater Yellowstone area following an attack on a pair of cattle in another part of the state.


The Wyoming Department of Fish and Game moved the male bear from southwest Cody to the Sunlight Creek Drainage after he attacked two calves on an undisclosed ranch. The drainage is about 30 miles outside of the northwest entrance of Yellowstone National Park.


Bear relocation is a common practice across the United States. But there’s some skepticism about whether or not it actually works. Pete Pekins, a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of New Hampshire, has been studying this topic since 2000. According to his findings, 60% of relocated bears returned to their original homes. Younger bears were less likely to return to the site of capture, but most of them traveled away from the relocation site. And since relocation doesn’t necessarily have a direct impact on habituation, it’s possible that they’ll continue the behaviors that caused their relocation. Every bear is different, requiring its own evaluation prior to relocation.


“If this bear had developed a proclivity for depredation with a previous conflict history we may have discussed the option of euthanasia with the US Fish and Wildilfe Service (they have the final say in all management actions),” said Dr. Dan Thompson, large carnivore section supervisor of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department...


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Rancher says wolves continue to kill cattle despite efforts to scare them off

Don Gittleson has been working to keep his cattle safe from a pack of wolves that migrated into Colorado from Wyoming.


Marc Sallinger, KUSA/9 News (CO)

May 10, 2022


JACKSON COUNTY, Colorado — Don Gittleson doesn’t get much sleep these days. Staying up all night to keep a watch out for wolves on his ranch seems to be the only solution he’s found to protect his cattle.


"I’ve been staying up for most of the night. I only get an hour or two of sleep at a time," Gittleson said. "These wolves are losing their fear of people."


The wolves migrated down from Wyoming and had pups. This winter, they started attacking and killing livestock outside of Walden.


In Colorado, the wolves are considered an endangered species and can’t be killed unless it's in self defense.


In states like Wyoming, wolves are not a protected species. That means ranchers up there can shoot and kill a wolf and not face any consequences.


Here in Colorado, the penalty for killing a wolf is up to $100,000 and a year in jail. The person would also lose their hunting license privileges for life.


Back in December, Gittleson found his first cows that fell victim to the wolves. The following months have been spent trying out different tactics to try to keep them away. Flags and strobe lights didn’t work. Then the state gave him some donkeys to protect his cattle. That hasn't seemed to work either...