Grand Teton Amends Their Bear Rules
After having two different mama grizzly bears with their cubs close to public roads, Grand Teton National Park realized they needed to update their wildlife rules. The distance a visitor needs to stay away from the wildlife remains at least 100 yards, this is loosely enforced, but now after having one of the mother bears charge two different visitors viewing from on top of their cars, enforcement will increase.
A new rule states that visitors must listen to what the Park Ranger tells them, in regards to moving away from wildlife. This is now punishable with fines, from $100 to $5000. The new rules also state that visitors must not interfere with wildlife movement, and that they must move away if they feel they have come too close to wildlife, accidentally.
Wildlife officials believe the mother bears bring their cubs close to the busy roads to keep away from grizzly males that might harm their cubs. Park officials have observed people try to feed the grizzlies as well and would like people to remember that feeding bears is signing their death warrant. Yellowstone National Park will be changing their rules, but might not be in effect until next fall. From The Salt Lake Tribune.