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Bears prompt temporary closure of scenic Grand Teton road

A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park went into effect Wednesday, September 10, at 11 a.m. due to grizzly bear activity both on and near the roadway. In the coming weeks, visitors and local residents may encounter intermittent closures of the Moose-Wilson Road as bears (black and grizzly) seek out the abundant berries on the chokecherry and hawthorn bushes that flank this park road. Continue Reading →

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Researchers trapping grizzly bears in southwest Montana

As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area, the U.S. Geological Survey will be trapping grizzly bears on private land in southwest Montana. Scientific trapping operations will be conducted on private land in the southern Madison Mountains, Montana, according to a statement released by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. The statement did not detail specific areas where trapping will take place. Continue Reading →

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Bears in Grand Teton are active as spring weather arrives

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

Bears are out of hibernation and active again in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Park staff received reports of a group of bears seen recently near the Blacktail Butte which lies just east of the park’s Moose headquarters campus. Long-term data indicates that 50 percent of adult male bears are out of their winter dens by mid-March each year. Continue Reading →

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How I Got That Shot: Three Musketeers

While it is not unusual for a grizzly mom to have two cubs in Yellowstone National Park, three cubs is pretty rare, and a huge handful for her. Watching over three cubs is a challenge, as wildlife watchers learned first-hand shortly after this photo was taken. The mother bear had been seen frequently in the area between Mary Bay and Lake Hotel. In fact, she had a regular route that she took in a big circle between those two locations. If you watched long enough, you began to learn her preferred path and habits. Continue Reading →

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Canadian bear biologist shares techniques for managing grizzly-human conflicts

Researchers are working to gather more data on the role of declining whitebark pine trees in the slowing growth of grizzly bear populations around Yellowstone National Park.

As bear populations continue to rise in the greater Yellowstone region and in other habitat areas, bear managers are sharing information about what works—and what doesn't—in their ongoing efforts to keep both bears and people safe. In Alberta, Canada, those efforts include using specially trained dogs to haze bears, adapting old shipping containers for use as bear-proof storage sheds and even airdropping stockpiled roadkill to the high country as a spring food source for grizzlies. Continue Reading →

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Canadian expert on human-bear conflicts to give four talks in greater Yellowstone area

Police Officer Christopher Pekema, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington state, right, holds on to Mishka, a Karelian bear dog, as Washington Fish and Wildlife officials release a black bear Aug. 3, 2011, in a remote area of the Cascade Range.

Honeyman will discuss lessons learned from innovative work with grizzly bears in Alberta, including aversive conditioning, managing waste and other attractants, herd and flock management practices to reduce livestock predation, and use of deterrents. He will also cover the use of Karelian bear dogs in deterring bears. Continue Reading →

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Colonel Pickett gets a bear in Yellowstone in 1877

After word spread about the magnificent big game in Yellowstone Park, hunters from the eastern United States and Europe began coming to bag a trophy. Even if they were skilled hunters where they came from, they needed someone to guide them in the rugged West. Jack Bean had the perfect credentials for the job. Before hiring out as a guide, Bean had been a trapper, hunter and Indian fighter. In the summer of 1877, the U.S. Army hired Bean to look for Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce Indians along the Madison River and in Yellowstone Park. He returned to Bozeman after locating the Indians and telling the Army they were headed into Yellowstone Park. Bean discovered that a Colonel Pickett wanted to hire him as a hunting guide. In his memoir, Bean tells this tale about the intrepid colonel. Continue Reading →

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Scenic Grand Teton road section closed after close calls between bears, people

The Moose-Wilson Road connecting Grand Teton National Park and Wilson, Wyo., will soon close for the season. (File photo by Acroterion/Wikimedia Commons - click to enlarge)

A section of a popular scenic drive between Grand Teton National Park and Teton Village, Wyo. has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure after close encounters between wildlife watchers and foraging grizzly bears. The Moose-Wilson Road, connecting the village of Moose, Wyo. in Grand Teton to Teton Village and Wilson, Wyo. was closed Thursday until mid-day Saturday, according to a statement released by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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