Bear struck on N Highway 89

JACKSON, WY — A black bear was hit and killed on N Highway 89 last night.

Wyoming Game & Fish got the call at around 10:30 p.m., said PIO Mark Gocke. The bear had been struck by the entrance of the fish hatchery in the north-bound lane.

By the time Game & Fish biologist Ben Wise arrived, the bear was dead. The driver hadn’t stuck around, though they had stayed long enough for law enforcement to arrive. Only a Highway Patrol deputy and a Grand Teton National Park Ranger remained on-scene.

Based on tooth wear, Game & Fish estimated the male bear was between 8-10 years old. He had no tags.

Gocke said it is “a bit unusual” to see a bear in such an open area. They tend to prefer more tree or shrub cover.

“But it’s a good reminder that bears are becoming more active in search of food,” Gocke said.

Other animals are becoming more active, too. Big game, especially moose, are entering breeding season. Fall for wildlife is a season of movement — migration, mating, looking for food. Some of that movement is inevitably going to happen on or near roads and highways. Drive accordingly.


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