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Groups work to reduce grizzly bear conflicts around Jackson

Federal, state and nonprofit organizations are working together this month to reduce conflicts between grizzly bears and people in Jackson, Wyo. and the surrounding area. Through educational presentations and distribution of bear deterrent spray to hunters, the groups hope to avoid encounters that might result in injury or death to either people or bears. Continue Reading →

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Grizzly bears emerging from hibernation across greater Yellowstone area

Grizzly bears can often be found along roads in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate )

As warmer temperatures in the 50s and 60s arrive with the start of spring across the greater Yellowstone area, the National Park Service is reminding residents and visitors that grizzly bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Anyone using the backcountry for recreation should be cautious about encountering bears searching for food, according to a statement released Thursday by the Yellowstone National Park public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Multiple incidents keep Grand Teton emergency crews busy over weekend

A search and rescue helicopter lands at the Jenny Lake rescue cache near Lupine Meadows in Grand Teton National Park in this 2012 file photo, after completing a short-haul extraction of an imperiled climber from the Teewinot Mountain area.

First responders in Grand Teton National Park were busy over the weekend, when an ailing climber was rescued by helicopter, a minivan was sent into the Gros Ventre River after a highway collision and rafters on the Snake River were tossed overboard and assisted by a commercial guide. Continue Reading →

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Grizzly bears leaving dens across Yellowstone and Grand Teton area

Biologists, hikers and others are reporting that grizzly bears are emerging from hibernation across the greater Yellowstone area, and experts urge caution for those venturing into grizzly country. Bears begin looking for food soon after they emerge from their dens. They are attracted to elk and bison that have died during the winter. Carcasses are an important food source that can cause bears to sometimes react aggressively if they are surprised while feeding on them. Continue Reading →

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Investigators unsure of cause behind fatal grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Officials in Grand Teton National Park report that grizzly bears are active and out of hibernation with the arrival of spring weather.

Investigators don't know why an experienced hiker from Michigan was killed by one or more grizzly bears in August in Yellowstone National Park, but DNA evidence shows at least three different grizzlies were at the incident site. One of those was an adult female grizzly bear who was tied to a July fatal mauling in Yellowstone about eight miles away, according to a report released Monday from an interagency team of state and federal investigators. Continue Reading →

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