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 »
Black Bear or Grizzly Bear?
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.
2009 WILDLIFE BRIEFS
Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.
Did You Know?
Did you know that pikas harvest grasses so they can survive the long cold winter? These small members of the rabbit family do not hibernate, but instead store their harvest as “haystacks” under rocks in the alpine environment.