PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has begun trapping wolves and grizzly bears in western Wyoming.

The idea behind the trapping is to help monitor the wolves and bears.

The agency is trapping wolves this summer in the northern Wind River Mountains and Gros Ventre (groh-VAWNT') Mountains north of Pinedale and east of Bondurant.

Grizzly bears are being trapped north and west of Pinedale.

Areas where trapping is being done are marked with warning signs.

Officials say monitoring the number, distribution and other activities of gray wolves and grizzly bears is vital to their ongoing recovery.