Wyoming Grizzly Bear Killed In Vehicle Accident

NPS - Grand Teton NP, Bear Hunting Magazine

The National Park Service reported that a motorist hit and killed a young, male grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park on Thursday. The incident occurred around nine o'clock in the morning on U.S. 26/89/191, about one mile south of the Snake River Overlook.

Officers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the National Park Service, in their preliminary investigation, stated that they have determined that a vehicle traveling south on Highway 26/89/191 in Grand Teton National Park swerved slightly to avoid a bear that was trying to cross the highway.

That unexpected maneuver caused the northbound vehicle to also swerve, over-correct, and veer off into the sagebrush on the west side of the highway. A 29-year-old Pennsylvania man was driving the northbound car, and sustained minor injuries in the wreck. After it left the highway, the man’s vehicle collided with the grizzly bear and came to rest about 80 feet off the road.

Findings from investigators’ reconstruction of the accident scene suggest that neither vehicle was speeding at the time of the incident. The daytime speed limit at the incident site is 55 mph. This is the first bear fatality caused by a vehicle on park roads this year.

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