Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Bears Are Waking Up

March 11, 2009, 7:08 am

As the snow melts and spring begins to emerge, so do bears from their dens. Tracks from an undetermined species of bear were spotted March first on Specimen Ridge, and tracks from a grizzly were spotted on March third along the Tower Fall Ski trail.

Soon after emerging from their dens, bears begin looking for food. Bears are attracted to elk and bison that have died over the winter. Elk and bison are such a prized source of food that bears will aggressively defend these carcasses. Anyone disturbing a bear feeding on a carcass puts themselves at serious risk for injury.