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Grizzly Bear Death Due to Vehicle Collision

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 4:42
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News and Adventure from Glacier National Park

Grand Teton National Park rangers investigated a wildlife-vehicle collision in the park that resulted in the death of a male grizzly bear early Sunday morning, October 30.


Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call Sunday at approximately 9:30 a.m. from a passing motorist that a bear carcass was located along US Highway 89/26/191, and that a damaged vehicle was parked along the highway in the same vicinity.

Rangers responded to the scene, south of Cunningham Cabin, to find the carcass of a 260-pound male grizzly bear believed to be about 2-4 years of age. Approximately a mile north of the carcass was an unattended damaged vehicle. Evidence on the vehicle and at the scene tied the vehicle to the accident.

When later contacted, the driver of the damaged vehicle indicated that the collision happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday. No citations were issued.

Rangers remind drivers to be alert when driving through the park as animals are migrating this time of year. Please watch for wildlife and observe the posted speed limits, including a 45 mile-per-hour night time speed limit on US Highway 89/26/191.



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