Posted: Sep 19, 2013 3:35 PM by MTN News
Officials warn hikers and others to use caution if they plan to access the Buffalo Horn Trail #1 in the Gallatin National Forest. A moose carcass causing grizzly bear activity has been located.
They say due to the age and location of the carcass there are currently no area or trail closures, but visitors in the area should be aware of the carcass and grizzly bear feeding in the vicinity.
All districts on the Gallatin National Forest are inhabited by Grizzly Bears. During the fall, Grizzly Bears are out and active preparing for their natural hibernation period and stocking up on food. This includes berries, whitebark pine caches and ungulate carcasses.
Ranger and Forest officials say it is essential for recreationists to carry bear spray, have it readily accessible in a hip or shoulder harness and know how to discharge it.
For further information about "Be Bear Aware" visit www.BeBearAware.org. For additional information on local conditions please contact your local ranger district office on the Custer or Gallatin National Forests.
Photo: U.S. Forest Service