Due to continued harassment by wildlife watchers creating unsafe conditions at Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and partners are planning to conduct targeted hazing operations on the 863 grizzly bear. The service and its partners ask the public to avoid the area if possible. and not interfere with these management operations, currently scheduled for the remainder of June 2021. Allowing wildlife experts to deal with this problem without interruption will increase the chances of success of this management tactic.
This operation will be carried out alongside partners from the US Forest Service, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. Approaching, disturbing or feeding bears – as happens at Togwotee Pass – is extremely dangerous to humans and bears. These actions accustom animals to human development and can lead to dangerous human conditioned behavior. When this happens, bears can become aggressive and threaten human security. While hazing does not resolve conflicts on Togwotee Pass, options for progressive management include relocation and possibly euthanasia. By avoiding approaching or feeding bears, the public can help ensure that the need for such important management options is not necessary.
A female grizzly bear, referred to as “863” by wildlife managers and “Felicia” by public observers, and her two cubs have become accustomed to the side of the road along Highway 26/287. As more people become aware of these bears and stop to approach them, this creates dangerous conditions for humans and wildlife. Public assistance is needed to ensure the continued safety of these bears and those who pass through the area.
The service and our partners continue to call on the public to stay safe and help keep grizzly bears wild (See: USFWS and partners urge the public to stay safe and Keep Bears Wild and the multi- agencies to keep grizzly bears and people safe). The Service once again reminds residents and visitors that approaching, feeding or disturbing grizzly bears poses a significant threat to humans and bears, in addition to being a federal offense under the Species Act. Endangered.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Game & Fish Department and other partners are united in our approach and are committed to ensuring a safe environment for people. people and wildlife. To achieve this goal, we need your help. Do not forget to :
– Never go near bears; always stay at least 100 meters (300 feet) away, or roughly the length of a football field
– Practice ethical wildlife viewing by staying at a safe distance and never disturbing natural behaviors – if an animal notices you and / or changes its behavior or actions, you are too close
– Never feed, leave food or make food accessible to bears
– Obey road signs, laws and regulations – stop only in designated stopping areas
– Follow directions from wildlife management officials, do not interfere with or approach hazing operations
Additional grizzly bear safety information is available from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for residents, hunters, hikers / campers, farmers / ranchers, and wildlife watchers.