Bears end hibernation at Grand Teton National Park

By: AP
By: AP
Bears are out of hibernation at Grand Teton National Park and officials say both residents and park visitors should be alert for them.

A coastal brown bear charges toward the camera in a still from The Ends of the Earth, an in-progress film about the Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve in Alaska. The film is among those to be screened Sept. 13-15 at the Second Annual Grand Teton National Park Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Roy W. Wood - click to enlarge)

Grand Teton National Park, WY (AP) - Bears are out of hibernation at Grand Teton National Park and officials say both residents and park visitors should be alert for them.

Staff workers at Grand Teton recently received reports of a group of bears just east of the park's headquarters campus in Moose.

Typically about half of male bears are out of their dens by mid-March and females with their yearlings emerge shortly after that.

Park visitors should make noise and travel in groups of three or more. They should carry bear spray and know how to use it and always maintain at least a 100-yard distance from bears..

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