Grizzly bear on Moose-Wilson Road

This grizzly, photographed in 2014 by the National Park Service, closed the Moose-Wilson Road in September of that year. Another grizzly frequenting the area has triggered a similar closure today that’s expected to last through the weekend.

Grand Teton National Park has temporarily closed the northern end of the Moose-Wilson Road, between the Murie Ranch and Death Canyon junctions, to protect a grizzly bear dining on berries along the road.

The road is closed to the public, including motorists, cyclists and hikers, due to bear activity, park officials said Friday in a new release.

Park officials did not know how long the road would remain closed but warned visitors that it’s likely to stay closed through the weekend. The park will monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.

The public can still access the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and the Death Canyon area by approaching from the south through the Granite Entrance Station.

The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road also is slated to close for routine dust abatement starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. If the northern section of the road remains closed due to bear activity by this time, there will be no access to the Rockefeller Preserve and Death Canyon Trailhead through midafternoon Tuesday.

After it reopens, motorists who drive on the unpaved portion of the Moose-Wilson Road may want to rinse off their vehicles to eliminate any residue, park officials warned. The product used for dust abatement is a slurry of magnesium chloride — the same product used to treat dirt roads in and around Teton County — which can adhere to the undercarriage of vehicles.

Electronic signs along the roadway will alert park visitors and residents of the scheduled road closures. For updates, call 739-3682 or visit the park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Roadwork schedules may change or be delayed due to weather, equipment malfunction or other extenuating circumstances.

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

(1) comment

William Addeo

They should let the Gris run on the dems ticket for president. Probably win judging by how important they are.


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