Trapping Grizzly Bear

The capture and translocation of bears can be effective in damage control. Unfortunately, relocation often only moves the problem to another site, and bears have been known to travel great distances to return to a trapping site. The handling process, if done correctly, is itself sufficiently traumatic to teach the bears to avoid humans. Use culvert traps or foot snares to capture bears.

Care must be taken in baiting to avoid conditioning bears to people, so only natural scents and baits such as wild animal road kills are used. Only properly trained personnel should be assigned to such work. The Ursid Research Center in Missoula, Montana, offers courses in capturing and handling bears. Consult state regulations and wildlife agency personnel before implementing any bear-trapping program.

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