Grizzly bear prompts closure of road in Grand Teton National Park

A grizzly bear with a penchant for chokecherries and a dislike of crowds has led to the indefinite closure of part of a popular road in Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports ( the park previously closed the Moose-Wilson Road for about 10 days because grizzly No. 760 was filling up on chokecherries in the area. The road reopened Friday, but park managers closed it or a few hours Sunday morning and again Sunday afternoon because the 4- or 5-year-old grizzly was still in the area and drawing a crowd of onlookers.

The Moose-Wilson Road is an 8-mile scenic drive between Teton Village and Moose, Wyoming.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the bear's movements created a traffic jam Sunday as visitors tried to see and photograph the animal. She says some people got too close, and the bear became agitated.


Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,