Idaho Falls
56° F

First ever grizzly killed by hunters in Grand Teton Nat'l Park

Published On: Nov 22 2012 05:51:21 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 09:20:28 PM CST
Grizzly bear file photo

Mathieu Belanger/Reuters


A hunting party shot and killed a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park on Thanksgiving morning. This is the first time ever a hunter killed a bear inside the park.

Three hunters, who were participating in the Elk Reduction Program, said the bear charged at them. The grizzly was an adult male, according to a park news release.

The hunters called the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 7:32 a.m. to report the incident. The shooting happened along the east side of the Snake River between Schwabachers Landing and Teton Point Overlook.

A cow elk carcass was discovered near where the incident occurred, according to the park. A half mile area closure around the carcass is in effect until further notice.

An investigation into the shooting is underway. Park rangers, biologists and park science and resource management personnel are all involved.

This is the 51st known or probable grizzly death this year in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, according to a tally maintained by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

About 33 percent of the number of grizzly deaths in recent years have been hunting related.

Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.