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Grand Teton National Park officials are asking visitors and local residents to practice vigilance while driving in the park. In the last two weeks alone, five bison, one elk, one mule deer, one pronghorn, one coyote and one wolf pup have been hit and killed by vehicles traveling on park roads. For many animals, fall is a time of migration which means animals may be more active near park roadways and can cross the roads unexpectedly.

Days become shorter as fall transitions to winter. Drivers should use caution and slow down, especially at dawn, dusk, and during the night when visibility is reduced. Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is one of the many unique opportunities that make Grand Teton National Park a special, awe-inspiring place. Motorists can do their part to protect and preserve these animals by slowing down and using caution while driving.

The Park asks that motorists follow the nighttime speed limit of 45 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 to allow more reaction time to the movement of animals near and on the roads.

 

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