bears http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Stories: An Unexpected Late Night Visit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-unexpected-late-night-visit <p>When John Simms moved to Jackson, he started a business giving tours of the Flag Ranch. After getting married, he started Jackson White Water Trips. In this story, John tells his daughter Morrison about an unexpected late night visit to their Jackson home.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Krystal Brown & Micah Schweizer 56676 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: An Unexpected Late Night Visit Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-ruth-michels-remembers-yellowstone-bear-encounter <p>Ruth Michels lives in Cody, but she grew up in Laramie. Here, she remembers a childhood encounter with a black bear at Yellowstone National Park.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:41:47 +0000 Sydney Dalis & Micah Schweizer 49634 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scarce-pine-seeds-boost-chance-bear-encounters <p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:26:13 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 45854 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-shows-elk-decline-linked-drought-and-predators <p><br></p><p>A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk migrating to and from Yellowstone are raising fewer calves than in the past.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Report co-author Arthur Middleton says hot, dry weather has limited the amount of forage available, so fewer elk have been getting pregnant. Plus, he says wolves and bears are rebounding and killing more elk calves.</p><p>He says in contrast, <em>non-migratory</em> elk outside the park are doing well, because land is irrigated, and predators are scarce.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:53:05 +0000 Willow Belden 41907 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators New rules for Grand Teton elk hunt seek to limit bear encounters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-rules-grand-teton-elk-hunt-seek-limit-bear-encounters <p></p><p>The National Park Service and the Game and Fish Department changed regulations for hunting elk in Grand Teton National Park. Part of the reason for these changes is to avoid contact between hunters and grizzly bears.</p><p>Last year a hunter participating in the annual elk reduction program shot and killed a grizzly in the park. In 2011, a grizzly mauled a hunter. Both encounters involved bears protecting animal carcasses.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:55:04 +0000 Luke Hammons 37946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New rules for Grand Teton elk hunt seek to limit bear encounters Game and Fish warns vacationers of bear risks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-warns-vacationers-bear-risks <p>It&rsquo;s Memorial Day Weekend, which means National Parks and forests in the state are gearing up for a flood of tourists. But in northwest Wyoming, the Game and Fish Department is urging visitors to be Bear aware while enjoying the outdoors.</p><p>Jackson Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke says people should hike in groups, when possible, and make a lot of noise to alert wildlife of their presence. Gocke says some bears seem to ignore visitors, but Gocke warns visitors never to approach a bear, no matter how harmless it seems.</p> Sat, 26 May 2012 00:08:37 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 24629 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish warns vacationers of bear risks Bear spray is more effective than firearms http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bear-spray-more-effective-firearms <p>A bear expert says a study has found that people using bear spray during grizzly bear encounters are injured<br />far less often than people using firearms.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; University of Calgary&#39;s Steve Herrero says that 98 percent of those who used bear spray<br />walked away unharmed, and no people or bears died.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says 56 percent of those who used firearms were injured, and<br />61 percent of the bears died.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The firearms study involved 269 incidents with 444 hunters. The Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:47:42 +0000 Associated Press 21619 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bear spray is more effective than firearms