On the morning of Wednesday, March 15, a Yellowstone National Park employee observed a grizzly bear between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt. Later that morning, park staff witnessed two more grizzly bears scavenging carcasses in the northern region of the park. These are the first confirmed bear sighting of 2017, although many fresh bear tracks have been discovered around the park since February 22.
With summer on its way, Yellowstone urges visitors to stay safe in bear country by carrying bear spray, hiking and skiing on maintained trails in groups of three or more, and remaining at least 100 yards away from all bears. The park also urges visitors to report any bear sightings and encounters to a park ranger as soon as possible.