- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A grizzly bear with a penchant for chokecherries and a dislike of crowds has led to the indefinite closure of part of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/1v09ryo) the park had closed the road for about 10 days because grizzly No. 760 was filling up on chokecherries in the area. The road re-opened on Friday but park managers closed it or a few hours on Sunday morning and did so again at 4 p.m. on Sunday because the 4- or 5-year-old grizzly was still in the area and drawing a crowd of onlookers.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the bear’s movements created a traffic jam on Sunday as visitors tried to see and photograph the bear. She says some people got too close and the bear became agitated.

The park closed the road from the junction with Teton Park Road at Moose to the Death Canyon Road junction about three miles to the south because No. 760 is eating from chokecherry and hawthorn bushes on the side of the narrow road, making it impossible to keep people 100 yards away from the bear.

There’s a good berry crop in the area, and other bears could join No. 760, Skaggs said Monday.


Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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