First grizzly bears of season spotted at Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 5:25 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 19:25:45-04

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Staff at Yellowstone National Park saw the park’s first grizzly bears of the season this past week. 

An 11-year-old male was seen March 6 wearing a radio collar in the west-central part of the park, and another grizzly was seen in the east-central section of the park the next day, according to a Tuesday release from the park.

Male grizzlies typically come out of hibernation in mid-to-late March, and females with cubs emerge a month or two later, park officials said. Bears typically look for food after emerging from hibernation and feed on elk and bison that died over the winter.

  • Prepare for a bear encounter. 
  • Carry bear spray, know how to use it, and make sure it’s accessible. 
  • Stay alert. 
  • Hike or ski in groups of three or more, stay on maintained trails and make noise. Avoid hiking at dusk, dawn, or at night.
  • Do not run if you encounter a bear. 
  • Stay 100 yards away from black and grizzly bears. Use binoculars, a telescope, or telephoto lens to get a closer look.  
  • Store food, garbage, barbecue grills, and other attractants in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes.
  • Report bear sightings and encounters to a park ranger immediately.
  • Learn more about bear safety. 

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