Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
What kind of bear did you see? Both grizzly bears and black bears live in the park and parkway. Color is misleading - both species can vary from blonde-black. Watch our video podcast to test your knowledge.
If you see a bear, please report it to the nearest visitor center or ranger station. Bear Sighting and Incident Report
BLACK BEAR Ursus americanus
Learn more: Wikipedia>American Black Bear
GRIZZLY BEAR Ursus arctos horribilis
Learn more: Wikipedia>Grizzly Bear
For annual briefs with updated wildlife status information visit the Greater Yellowstone Science and Learning Center.
To purchase books about bears or other wildlife, please visit the Grand Teton Association.
Never approach a bear.
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.