Wildlife biologists state a 34-year-old grizzly bear caught in southwestern Wyoming has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone regionByThe Associated PressJanuary 24, 2021, 9:30 PM – 2 minutes readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJACKSON, Wyo.– A 34-year-old grizzly bear caught in southwestern Wyoming has actually been validated as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region, Wyoming wildlife authorities said.Grizzly bear 168 was recorded last summer after it preyed on calves in the Upper Green River Basin area.The male had simply a couple of teeth left and weighed 170 pounds (77 kilograms), just a fraction of the 450 pounds (204 kgs) the bear weighed as a 5-year-old when he was recorded in the Shoshone National Forest in August 1991.”When 168 was caught, it was down to 3 nubs for canines and no other teeth, making it most likely the bear would continue to seek easy prey, such as calves, Thompson said.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the call to euthanize the bear last July.Relocating the animal, even though he had avoided known conflict for years, “would not have actually been the ideal thing to do,” Thompson stated. The bear also was captured north of Dubois in May 1996 and dropped its radio collar the next year.While the bears whereabouts in the following years is not known, DNA testing indicates grizzly 168 sired a three-cub litter in 2005 or 2006, Thompson stated.
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