ISLAND PARK, Idaho - Researchers have started trapping grizzly bears in parts of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho as part of a project to monitor the bear population in and around Yellowstone National Park.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials in a statement Thursday say trapping in the western portion of the Centennial Mountains will continue until enough bears have been captured for the study.
Officials say the trapping areas will be marked with bright orange warning signs and that such areas should be avoided. Biologists say they'll use fresh road-killed deer and elk to bait traps and attract bears.
The trapping is being done by biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
There are estimated to be more than 700 grizzlies around Yellowstone.