JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Grand Teton National Park authorities made the decision to close a popular climbing area in the park because of the presence of grizzly bears.
For human and wildlife safety the northern end of Blacktail Butte, including the trail starting a half-mile from the Practice Rocks parking area, is closed. Multiple grizzly bears have been spotted in the area feeding on elk carcasses. Parking at Practice Rocks is available, and hiking is still permitted along the base of the butte (see map).
All visitors and elk reduction program participants are reminded to practice bear safe actions as grizzly bears remain active in the park.