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 »
Multi-use Pathway Closures
Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »
Moose-Wilson Road Status
The Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road and the Murie Center Road is currently open to all traffic. The road may re-close at any time due to wildlife activity. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »
Grizzly Bear Shot and Killed in Grand Teton National Park
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
A party of three hunters participating in the Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park encountered, shot and killed an adult male grizzly bear around 7:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The incident was reported to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 7:32 a.m. The bear reportedly charged the hunting party comprised of three men from Wyoming, ages 48, 20 and 17. No people were injured. The incident occurred along the east side of the Snake River between Schwabachers Landing and Teton Point Overlook.
A team of law enforcement rangers, park biologists and park science and resource management personnel are conducting an investigation into the incident. Access was temporarily limited from east of the east bank of the Snake River between Schwabachers Landing and Teton Point Overlook to facilitate the investigation.
A cow elk carcass was discovered near where the incident occurred. A half mile area closure around the carcass is in effect until further notice.
This is the 51st known or probable grizzly bear mortality in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) for 2012, according to a tally maintained by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. In recent years, on average, about one-third of annual grizzly bear mortalities are hunting related. This is the first hunter caused bear mortality in Grand Teton National Park. Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, including in the GYE, are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
All hunters participating in the Elk Reduction Program in Grand Teton National Park are required to carry bear spray and have it immediately available. They are also provided a bear information and safety packet that stresses the following guidelines:
The individuals involved had permits to participate in the 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.
More information will be forthcoming as it is available.
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.