Yellowstone National Park is full of all different types of flora and fauna, least of which is the grizzly bear. These bears are extraordinary animals, and there’s still a lot we don’t know about them. That’s one of the reasons why researchers plan on conducting a new study this month that examines the local bear population a little more closely. The study will be led by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is made up of members from several different organizations including The Forest Service.
What exactly is the main goal of this study? Well, researchers hope to pinpoint some trends about Yellowstone’s grizzly bears in order to learn more about their habits and behavior. In order to get the best results possible, researchers will briefly trap and sedate several bears in order to tag them. This will allow them to track the bears’ movements over radar.
The grizzly bears of Yellowstone National Park are famous not just in this country, but around the world. Ensuring this bear population continues to thrive is a top priority, and the researchers hope they will be able to glean valuable insight about their current status. Whether the number of bears is decreasing, increasing, or remaining steady, they will able to find out.
This research will be conducted in remote areas of the park, far away from places that visitors typically traverse. So don’t worry about coming face to face with any bears or disturbing any research. However, if you have any interest in the park and the bears that live here, this is one study you’ll definitely want to read more about in the coming months.