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 »
Identity of Man Injured by Bear in Grand Teton Released
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
The 32 year-old man who was injured by a bear on Sunday, October 30 in Grand Teton National Park has been identified as Timothy Hix of Jackson, Wyoming. Hix was scouting for an elk in the Snake River bottom south of Glacier View overlook when the incident occurred. While the investigation is on-going, rangers believe this was a surprise encounter with a single grizzly bear. Park managers temporarily closed approximately a quarter mile around the area where the mauling occurred.
Hix reported to rangers that he surprised what he believed to be a grizzly bear at a distance between 5 and 10 yards just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Hix saw the bear running towards him at which point he tried to grab his bear spray from its holster but was unsuccessful. Hix dropped to the ground, covered his head, and remained still. He said the bear made contact with him as he dropped to the ground and then bit him at least twice before running away. Hix's response was consistent with recommended human behavior during a surprise bear encounter and rangers commend him for his actions.
Hix was transported by park ambulance to St. John Medical Center in Jackson. As of noon on Monday Hix was reported to be in "good condition" and is expected to be discharged Monday afternoon, according to the hospital.
Hix had a permit to participate in the park's Elk Reduction Program in Wyoming hunt area 75. Rangers remind park users that only those who have been issued a permit to participate in the park's Elk Reduction Program can lawfully take elk in Grand Teton National Park. The Elk Reduction Program is a cooperative management tool used to regulate elk population numbers and was established by Congress in the 1950 enabling legislation that created Grand Teton National Park.
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.