(Yellowstone) - Late last month, a wolf biologist confirmed that the first grizzly bear emerged from its den in Yellowstone National Park.
Now, more grizzlies are emerging from hibernation in the Greater
Yellowstone Area, so the park reminds hikers, skiers and snowshoers that
they should stay in groups of three of more, make noise on the trail, and
carry bear spray.
Additionally, bears begin looking for food soon after they emerge from
their dens. They are attracted to elk and bison that have died during the
winter. Carcasses are an important food source, so bears will sometimes
react aggressively while feeding on them.The park implements seasonal bear
management area closures to reduce encounters between bears and humans in
areas where there is a high density of elk and bison carcasses. Visit
http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/bearclosures.htm for a listing of bear
If you see a bear, the park asks that visitors should report sightings to
the nearest visitor center or ranger station as soon as possible.
*Feature Photo: Grizzly spotted on February 22. h/t Quinn Harrison / NPS