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Speed not a factor in Grand Teton vehicle wreck that killed grizzly bear

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

Authorities have released new details from their investigation into an incident yesterday that left a driver in Grand Teton National Park injured and a young male grizzly bear dead, finding that excessive speed was not a factor. Officers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the National Park Service have finished a preliminary investigation that has determined that a vehicle traveling south on Highway 26/89/191 in Grand Teton National Park swerved slightly to avoid a bear that was trying to cross the highway. That unexpected maneuver caused the northbound vehicle to also swerve, over-correct, and veer off into the sagebrush on the west side of the highway. A 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, whose name has not been disclosed, was driving the northbound car, and sustained minor injuries in the wreck. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone bear interrupts reporter’s bear-safety interview

A cable TV news crew taping a July 2011 segment on bear safety in Yellowstone National Park got a little something extra in the bargain: a close encounter with a bear. "That was what we refer to as an incident within an incident," park spokesman Dan Hottle said, joking that he worried some might think the encounter was staged. Hottle had taken the crew from CNN to Joffe Lake — a five-minute drive from park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs — where they were interviewing Yellowstone bear biologist Kerry Gunther. Continue Reading →

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