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 for more information about closures in specific areas.