Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

New Grand Teton Bear rules prompted by visitors getting too close

August 9, 2011, 1:55 pm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Grand Teton National Park is clarifying its rules against getting too close to wildlife after a grizzly bear on two separate occasions charged at tourists who were watching her from atop their cars.

The new rules emphasize that people need to heed any ranger or other park official who tells them to move away from wildlife. Park officials say people who don't listen can be fined anywhere from $100 to $5,000, depending on what a judge thinks about what they did.

The rules don't change the distance people are supposed to keep away from grizzlies and wolves, which remains no less than 100 yards.

But the new rules spell out that people must not interfere with the movement of wildlife. The new rules also say people need to make their best effort to move away whenever they've discovered that they're accidentally too close to wildlife.

A grizzly killed a hiker in Yellowstone National Park three weeks ago - Yellowstone's first death from a grizzly in 25 years - but that's not the main reason for the policy change in nearby Grand Teton.

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