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Grand Teton National Park’s wildlife brigade is back on the job with numerous sightings of grizzly bears and grizzly bear cubs catching the attention of early visitors to the park.  During a briefing of Jackson Hole’s local elected officials, Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott said that the group performs a very necessary service.  Scott called the group “a very patient core of employees and volunteers who are trying to keep a safe distance between visitors and wildlife.”  She pointed out that a grizzly can charge across the required 100 yard distance viewers are to maintain away from the bears at a rate of 45 miles-an-hour.  She adds that as a new mom, Grizzly 610 last year mad a lot of charges toward the public. Scott says there has been what she called some rather uncivil behavior toward them during contacts in the past which has made their jobs that much more difficult.  She says studies in the park show that only 28% of the day-hikers carry bear spray and only 31% make noise as they hike as recommended by bear biologists.

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