First Grizzly Bear of the Season Sighted in Yellowstone

Written by on March 13, 2019

The first grizzly bear sighting of 2019 occurred in Yellowstone National Park just days ago.

Park officials say on Friday, March 8, visitors observed a large grizzly bear between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge. Additionally, grizzly tracks were reported between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction on Monday, March 11.

Male grizzlies come out of hibernation in mid-to-late March. Females with cubs emerge in April and early May. When bears emerge from hibernation, they look for food and often feed on elk and bison that died over the winter. Sometimes, bears will react aggressively while feeding on carcasses.

In order to protect yourself and the bears, visitors are cautioned to prepare for a bear encounter by carrying bear spray and making sure it’s accessible; stay alert; hike or ski in groups of three or more, stay on maintained trails, and make noise. If you see a bear, report the sighting to a park ranger as soon as possible.

The park restricts certain visitor activities in locations where there is a high density of elk and bison carcasses and lots of bears. Restrictions began in some bear management areas on March 10.


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