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Second griz seen near Lander

Grizzly spotted near Lander; second recent sighting

Jun 8, 2012 - Staff

For the second time in recent memory, a grizzly bear has been sighted in the southern Wind River Mountains west of Lander.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reported that a hunter's automatic camera photographed the bear May 21 at a fixed camera position northwest of Lander.

The grizzly is the second in less than a year that has been spotted near Lander.

Game and Fish officials reviewed the picture and confirmed that the animal is a grizzly. It appeared to have been attracted to a bait station placed by a black bear hunter.

The bear appears to be a different animal from the one photographed near Sinks Canyon by a similar camera June 15, 2011. That bear appeared to be younger than the bear seen this year.

Grizzly bear sightings were almost unheard of so far south for many years. The second sighting in less than a year's time led Game and Fish officials to warn residents and visitors when they hike, fish or camp in bear country.

Game and Fish information and education specialist Lucy Diggins-Wold said food and other human odors can attract bears. Food should be secured properly out of reach of bears.

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