The east-face and summit of 25 Short is cloed due to wildlife activity. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

MOOSE, Wyo.— Grand Teton National Park is implementing a temporary area closure for human and wildlife safety. Effective immediately, a portion of the east-facing slope of 25 Short is closed until further notice to prevent potential conflict between a denning grizzly bear and skiers.

Photo: C. Adams // NPS

The east-facing slope below the skier summit and the true summit of Peak 9975, known as 25 Short, is closed. Direct access across the summit ridgeline to Turkey Chute, Chute the Moon, and other routes to Avalanche Canyon is open.

This area is routinely accessed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. According to the park, approximately fifty percent of adult male grizzly bears are awake by mid-March, and females with young usually emerge anytime between April and mid-May. Bears will be looking for food, including winter-killed carcasses in avalanche paths and other areas.

The park is reminding backcountry travelers to be alert, aware of the surrounding area, and carry bear spray. Black and grizzly bears may be located anywhere within the park, including developed areas. All park visitors should carry bear spray and maintain a minimum of 100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from other wildlife.

Report bear sightings within the park to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307-739-3301.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.