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Black and grizzly bears snacking on berries force road closure in Grand Teton

Grizzly bear eats berries along the Moose-Wilson Road. (NPS Photo/C. Adams)

CASPER, Wyo. — Grand Teton National Park announced on Thursday the temporary closure of a road due to black and grizzly bears snacking on berries.

“Black and grizzly bears are currently eating berries along the Moose-Wilson Road,” Grand Teton National Park said. “The road is closed for human safety and the protection of the bears. Park staff will monitor the situation and will reopen the road when conditions allow. The road could be temporarily closed through the weekend or longer.”

Bears munching on berries has forced the closure of the section of the Moose-Wilson Road between Murie Ranch Junction and north of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The closure applies to motorists, bicyclists and hikers.

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Grand Teton said that there is no access to the death Canyon Trailhead due to the closure. Visitors are still able to access the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve from the south. 

“Rangers remind the public to ‘Be Bear Aware,'” Grand Teton said. “To learn more about recreating in bear country visit the park Safety in Bear Country page.”

Visitors are required to remain at least 100 yards away from bears. Grand Teton added the following bear safety tips:

  • BE ALERT and watch for bears, fresh tracks, or scat.
  • MAKE NOISE in areas with limited visibility.
  • CARRY BEAR SPRAY, know how to use it, and keep it readily available.
  • HIKE IN GROUPS of three or more people.
  • DO NOT RUN; rather, back away slowly.

“Park regulations require that all food, garbage, pet food, coolers, food containers (empty or full), and cookware (clean or dirty) be stored in a hard-sided vehicle with the windows rolled up or in a bear-resistant food locker when not in immediate use or attended to, day or night,” Grand Teton said. “Learn more about recreating in bear country on the park Safety in Bear Country page.”