Officials Urge Caution as Bears Start to Emerge in Glacier

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – At Glacier National Park, bears are beginning to emerge from their dens and officials are warning visitors to use caution.

The National Park Service reports grizzly bear tracks have been seen on the road in Many Glacier.

Wildlife biologists say it probably won’t be long before reports of grizzly and black bear sightings begin. Park officials say the bears can emerge from their dens groggy and hungry and fiercely protective of food and cubs.

They say park visitors should travel in groups and make noise by calling out or clapping at frequent intervals, especially near streams and blind spots on trails.

They say most bears emerge from their dens by May 1.