Bears I Have "Known" Part 3
April 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Roads in Yellowstone opened today to start the summer tourist season. Travel is now possible from Gardiner, Montana, south to Madison Junction. From Madision Junction, the road is open to the West entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, and down to Old Faithful. The road is also open from Norris Junction to Canyon and the view points of the Canyon of the Yellowstone. In 2007, I photographed this grizzly sow with her three yearling cubs as they crossed the road at Willow Flats, Grand Teton National Park. Back then, she had her characteristic red ear tags but it appeared she didn't have a radio collar that year. She was first collared in 2001. Perhaps she had a collar but it was just not noticeable in any of the photos I took, though it most likely would be very visible. This was my first time to see bear 399. In 2016, 399 lost her only cub when it was hit and killed by a car. Speed limits in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are posted and should be followed at all times. The number one cause of death in Yellowstone National Park isn't from bears, bison, or thermal features, but from motor vehicle accidents. Drivers should focus on driving and obeying all of the rules of the road, for their own safety as well as the safety of others, and for the safety of the wild creatures who call these parks home.
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