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Parts of Yellowstone close in anticipation of seasonal bear activity

Carie Birkmeier

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

As of March 10, parts of Yellowstone National Park are closed to minimize potential conflicts between bears and humans.

The park’s bear management areas are located in areas where there is a high density of elk and bison carcasses and considerable bear activity.

According to a press release from the Yellowstone National Park public affairs office, the first confirmed grizzly bear sightings occurred March 15 in the northern part of the park.

There are a total of 16 bear management areas in Yellowstone. Restrictions and closing dates vary widely by area. Visit nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm for more information about closures in specific areas.

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