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Yellowstone visitors invited to watch raptors in Hayden Valley

Bald eagles are among the many species of raptors that can be spotted in Yellowstone National Park.

A Yellowstone National Park ranger will discuss raptors, their ecology and migration strategies this weekend in a free presentation followed by a field trip to the Hayden Valley. Yellowstone ranger and raptor enthusiast Katy Duffy will lead a 45-minute discussion on raptors at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone to focus on hiker safety education after fatal grizzly attacks of 2011

A few grizzly bears have been spotted emerging from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park managers have decided against establishing new backcountry use restrictions in the Hayden Valley after an extensive review of grizzly bear attacks throughout the park over the last four decades. A range of potential restrictions on hikers in the Hayden Valley were up for consideration in response to two separate fatal bear attacks there in summer 2011. Park officials will instead focus on improving safety messages for day hikers. Continue Reading →

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Wildlife Watching 101: Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone National Park

For wildlife watchers, the area around Yellowstone Lake is prime spring grizzly habitat. Because Lake-area thermal features keep much of the hillsides free of lingering snow, this is a favorite early season haunt for Yellowstone’s grizzlies. When scouting this area for bears, Steamboat Point and Sedge Bay are two locations not to be missed. Although still snow-covered in spring, Hayden Valley is another grizzly favorite. Be sure to bring your binoculars so you can glass the hillsides for grizzlies and other wildlife foraging for succulent spring grasses. Continue Reading →

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