Study: Fee Hike Could Offset Yellowstone Bear Cost

Visitors willing to pay more than double park's the current entry fee to see bears

By Dillon Tabish

JACKSON, Wyo. — A new study says visitors to Yellowstone National Park want to see grizzly and black bears so much they would pay more than double park’s the current entry fee to be ensured of seeing one.

A report in the Journal of Environmental Management suggests Yellowstone could raise its current entrance fee to offset the cost of bears that appear frequently along roadsides.

Tourists often stop to watch and take pictures whenever a grizzly or black bear appears near a road in Yellowstone. Park rangers often have to step in to manage the crowds to keep visitors safe.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the study found that visitors are willing to pay $41 on top of the $25 entrance fee to cover the cost of policing “bear jams.”

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