The following information provided by Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone National Park announced Monday that biologists with the National Park Service and Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will be continuing scientific grizzly bear research operations in the park through October 2019.

Officials will bait and capture bears at several remote sites within Yellowstone National Park.

Once captured, the bears are anesthetized to allow wildlife biologists to radio-collar and collect scientific samples for study. All capturing and handling are done in accordance with strict protocols developed by the IGBST.

Officials stress that none of the capture sites are located near established hiking trails or backcountry campsites.

Potential access points will also be posted with warning signs for the closure area. Backcountry users who come upon any of these posted areas need to heed the warnings and stay out of the area.

As part of this effort, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will gather data on the bears as part of a long-term research and monitoring effort to help wildlife managers devise and implement programs to support the ongoing conservation of Yellowstone’s grizzly bear and black bear populations.

For more information regarding grizzly bear research efforts call (406) 994-6675.

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