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Portion of backcountry skiing area closed for human and wildlife safety

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI) — Grand Teton National Park is implementing a temporary area closure for human and wildlife safety. 

A portion of the east-facing slope of 25 Short is closed until further notice to prevent potential conflict between a denning grizzly bear and skiers. 

The east-facing slope below the skier summit and the true summit of Peak 9975, known as 25 Short, is closed. 

Direct access across the summit ridgeline to Turkey Chute, Chute the Moon and other routes to Avalanche Canyon is open.  

This area is routinely accessed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead.   

Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation, and approximately 50% of adult male grizzly bears are awake by mid-March and females with young usually emerge anytime between April and mid-May.  

Bears will be looking for food, including winter-killed carcasses in avalanche paths and other areas, so backcountry skiers are encouraged to be alert, aware of the surrounding area, and carry bear spray. 

Black and grizzly bears may be located anywhere within the park, including developed areas. 

All park visitors should carry bear spray and maintain a minimum of 100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from other wildlife. 

Report bear sightings within the park to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307-739-3301.

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