Grand Teton National Park is asking visitors to heed warning signs and avoid areas where bear trapping is going on.

From today through the end of October, biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be baiting and trapping bruins as part of the team’s Endangered Species Act obligations to monitor grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Baiting and trapping follows strict protocols, a press release said. Trapped bears will be sedated so wildlife biologists can collect samples and data for scientific study. The bears are then released on-site.

“When bear trapping activities are being conducted, the area around the site will be posted with bright warning signs to inform the public of the activities occurring,” the release said. “For bear and human safety, the public must respect these signs and stay out of posted areas.”

The study team includes representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game Department and the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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