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 »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Rangers Solve Alleged Assault Case from June 7
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
Grand Teton National Park rangers and National Park Service special agents filed charges against a Massachusetts man for filing a false report in connection with a reported assault from June 7, 2012. During the course of the investigation, park rangers and special agents determined the assault claim to be unfounded, and have subsequently charged Christopher Dascoli, of Lee, Massachusetts with interfering with an agency function by providing false information to law enforcement and making a false report: 36 CFR § 2.32.
Grand Teton National Park would like to thank Crimestoppers for their assistance and offering an award of up to $1,000 for information related to the case. The award will not be used.
Below is a recap of the original incident:
In the early morning hours of June 7, 2012, Grand Teton National Park rangers responded to a report of a loud party at an employee residential area of Jackson Lake Lodge. Upon the arrival of park rangers, a Grand Teton Lodge Company security guard alleged he had been physically assaulted by a person wielding a blunt object.
Although several individuals were involved in the disturbance, no witnesses came forward with information about the assault itself. Rangers provided emergency medical care to the security guard and transported him to St. John's Medical Center where he was subsequently treated for significant injuries.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor.