Grizzly prompts road closure in Grand Teton Park

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Posted: Sep 22, 2014 4:54 PM

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly bear with a penchant for chokecherries and a dislike of crowds has led to the indefinite closure of part of a popular road in Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/1v09ryo) the park previously closed the Moose-Wilson Road for about 10 days because grizzly No. 760 was filling up on chokecherries in the area. The road reopened Friday, but park managers closed it again Sunday afternoon because the 4- or 5-year-old grizzly was still in the area and drawing a crowd of onlookers.

The Moose-Wilson Road is an 8-mile scenic drive between Teton Village and Moose, Wyoming.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the bear's movements created a traffic jam as visitors tried to see and photograph the animal. The bear also became agitated.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com