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Trapping Incident: Grizzly | Bridger Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Trap Incident Investigation Report
Date Occurred: June 1, 2017
Location: Bridger Teton National Forest, Moran, WY
Victim Species: Grizzly
Victim Names: None
Owner Name: None
Victim Outcome: Unknown 
Trap Type: 220 Conibear
Trap Legality: Unknown
Legal Outcome:  None
  • Wyoming Untrapped received a call on June 5, from a concerned citizen reporting a grizzly boar trapped in a Conibear trap in the Bridger-Teton National Forest viewed from the Vista View lookout at the top of Togwotee Pass. A local photographer witnessed the incident, and forwarded a photo to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department last Wednesday. Conibears are considered “body-gripping, quick-kill” traps. Trappers are only required to check this kind of trap once every week, although the first week of the set allows for up to 13 days of check time. This grizzly could still be carrying the attached trap, and may have been carrying it for weeks. If you are in this particular region of the Bridger-Teton National Forest—first, be aware that active traps are in the area. Second, please be on the lookout for evidence of the grizzly involved, and any details relating to the fate of the grizzly.
  • Anyone spotting a grizzly with a trap stuck on its right front paw, or with an injured right leg can call Wyoming Game and Fish at the Lander Office at (307) 332-2688 or Jackson Office at (307) 733-2321.  After hours or on the weekend you can contact Wyoming Game and Fish at 1-800-442-2767.  Also notify Wyoming Untrapped, info@wyominguntrapped.org or 307-201-2422 We will continue to report additional information about this particular incident as it becomes available.
  • Read our blog for incident updates:  http://wyominguntrapped.org/trapping-incidents/alert-grizzly-trapping-incident/

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