Photo by Elizabeth Hansen

Game And Fish Capture Bear In Casper Sunday Morning

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Staff reports

A bear was captured in Casper on Sunday morning, according to the Casper Police Department.

The law enforcement agency reported that just after 8 a.m., Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department was able to capture the lone bear.

Earlier reports said there were three bears wandering in Casper.  But police revised the report later and confirmed there was only one.

Casper resident Elizabeth Hansen took a photo of the bear near Cottonwood Elementary School.

“Just saw one walk past my living room window,” Hansen said on Facebook. 

Earlier in the day, residents were advised to stay in their homes while officials worked to contain the animal.

Bear Sightings In The West

Bear sightings in some Wyoming communities are not an anomaly, although sightings are less frequent in larger towns.

In the Jackson area, reports of bears are common as the world observed in the last two years with the constant monitoring of celebrity Grizzly 399 and her four cubs, which were frequently seen in the area.

Earlier this week, the Idaho Fish and Game Department issued a release warning residents of Salmon, Idaho, that a grizzly was spotted in the area, which is uncommon for that portion of Idaho.

“Most of Idaho’s grizzly bear populations are in the northern Panhandle area and the area in and around Yellowstone National Park in eastern Idaho,” officials said.

“But young male grizzlies may wander long distances and into areas where people don’t expect to encounter them. These young male bears typically wander through an area, but do not remain there,” they said.

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