Monday, 4 August 2014

Yellowstone grizzly, people run-ins drop in 2013

By MATTHEW BROWNAugust 1, 2014 5:43 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conflicts between humans and grizzly bears in the region around Yellowstone National Park dropped last year, but that wasn't enough to reverse a long-term trend of more potentially dangerous interactions as populations of both bruins and people increase.

A new report by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team shows 252 grizzly run-ins were documented last year. They ranged from bears attacking livestock and damaging property in search of food to surprising backcountry encounters. Six people were injured by grizzlies — the same as in 2012.

Study team leader Frank van Manen said the number of conflicts decreased from the annual average of 270 for the prior three years. That's almost double the number seen on average between 1992 and 2009.

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