Grizzly Relocated, Norris Campground Again Open to Tents
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Grizzly Relocated, Norris Campground Again Open To Tents
Visitors with tents and pop-up trailers can again camp in Yellowstone’s Norris Campground.
On Thursday afternoon, the campground was temporarily restricted to hard-sided units only because two young grizzly bears had been seen frequenting the campground.
Initial efforts to haze or relocate the bears were unsuccessful. However, the sub-adult male bear was captured Friday evening.
On Thursday, this bear had entered an unoccupied tent, slightly damaged another, and then bit a generator. Because of this behavior, the bear was not a good candidate for successful relocation back into the wild. Instead, the 185-pound grizzly was transported on Saturday to Zoo Montana in Billings.
With the male bear gone, the young female grizzly left the campground area. She was later spotted causing a bear jam along the road near Roaring Mountain, several miles north of Norris Junction.
The temporary ban on tents and pop-up trailers was lifted Sunday.
Visitors are reminded to keep food, garbage, barbecue grills and other attractants stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes when not in use. This helps keep bears from becoming conditioned to human foods, and helps keep park visitors and their property safe.
Bear sightings should be reported to the nearest visitor center or ranger station as soon as possible.
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Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.