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Moose-Wilson Road Closures Continue

October 12, 2011 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Teton County No Comments
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The presence of a grizzly bear sow along the Moose-Wilson Road has caused intermittent closures of that road since Friday.  According to Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, park managers determined a closure was necessary for a variety of reasons but most importantly for the protection of the grizzly bear foraging near the road. The Moose-Wilson road is narrow, winding and has thick vegetation in many areas, which all contribute to low visibility. These factors make it extremely difficult to safely manage a large wildlife jam on the narrow road corridor.  An abundance of Hawthorne bushes with berries along the road attracts bears to the area. In the coming weeks Anzelmo-Sarles says it is possible that intermittent closures will continue to be necessary for protection of the resource and public safety. Local residents and park visitors are advised to plan ahead and use an alternate route because this temporary closure prevents the ability to make a ‘through trip’ on the Moose-Wilson Road.

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