Prominent Wildlife Photographer Fined for Traffic Violation While Protecting Grizzly Bears in Grand Teton

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen faced criticism in a Wyoming federal magistrate’s court after being found guilty of a minor traffic offense last month. During a recent court session conducted via Zoom, Federal Magistrate Mark Carman, despite recognizing Mangelsen’s impressive photographic contributions, advised the 78-year-old to collaborate more closely with the National Park Service to avoid future conflicts. Mangelsen, a prominent figure known for his wildlife photography, was cited for obstructing traffic on October 9 after he reportedly drove slowly in front of Grizzly 610—an injured and well-known bear—on a highway in … Read more

Conservation Groups Fight Against Wolf Trapping in Idaho, Seeking to Protect Endangered Grizzly Bears

BOISE, Idaho – Conservation groups are taking legal action to protect endangered grizzly bears in Idaho from wolf trapping practices. Thirteen organizations have filed a lawsuit to halt the use of traps and snares for wolves, arguing that such methods could inadvertently harm grizzlies as well. The groups have appealed to a federal judge, requesting a ban on trapping activities during periods when bears are not hibernating. Idaho is home to approximately 80 protected grizzly bears, and conservationists fear that even a single casualty caused by a wolf trap could hinder the species’ recovery efforts. … Read more

Montana Wolf Trapping Season Opens Amidst Lawsuit Concerns for Grizzly Bear Safety

HELENA, Montana – Wolf trapping season began on January 1 in several valleys across Montana, following a delay due to concerns for the safety of grizzly bears. Trappers in the Clearwater, Swan, and Blackfoot Valleys have already started setting snares and traps. The season was initially halted by a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, arguing that the traps inadvertently ensnare federally-protected grizzly bears. However, the lawsuit only resulted in a suspension of early-and-late season trapping, not a complete ban on trapping from January 1 to February 15. The controversy surrounding wolf trapping centers on the … Read more