Grand Teton Grizzly

In this May 13, 2016, file photo, tourists and photographers gather to watch a boar grizzly forage near Pilgrim Creek Road in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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A Yellowstone National Park employee saw a grizzly bear Wednesday morning between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt, the first confirmed sighting this year, according to the National Park Service.

Park staff later that morning saw two more grizzlies scavenging carcasses in the northern end of the park.

When bears emerge from hibernation, they look for food, often feeding on dead elk and bison. They can act aggressively when eating carcasses.

The park service recommends carrying bear spray, hiking in groups of three or more, staying at least 100 yards away from black and grizzly bears and not running during a bear encounter.

A park news release noted that while firearms are allowed in the park, it is a violation of park regulations for a visitor to discharge one.

Certain activities are restricted in areas where there is a high density of bears along with elk and bison carcasses.

For more information on bear safety and restrictions, go to www.nps.gov/yell.

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A Casper native, Christine Peterson started as a Star-Tribune intern in 2002. She has covered outdoor recreation, the environment and wildlife since 2010, and became managing editor in 2015. If not tracking bears or elk on assignment, she's chasing trout.

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