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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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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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