Grizzly conflicts down; Game and Fish Department counts just over 170 in 2022

CASPER — Wyoming’s grizzly bears — and the humans who manage them — have had a standout year. Conflicts, the official designation for confrontations between bears and people or their property, were the lowest the state has recorded since 2014.

And the six bears relocated in 2022 represent the least since the ‘90s, said Dan Thompson, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s large carnivore supervisor.

“It felt all summer, and into the fall, like a low-conflict year,” Thompson said.

But the agency was reluctant to declare the year a success too early, he added, “like it might jinx it.”

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