By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Although the most famous grizzly in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and her four cubs were recently seen farther south than they’d ever ventured, Grizzly 399 and her babies are now back in the Grand Teton National Park area.
Jackson-based adventure guide Matty Deehan took a video of the mother and her cubs, which have grown significantly since their debut earlier this year. He then posted it to his Instagram account, celebrating their return.
The video shows the five bears wandering through a backyard area, presumably Deehan’s, on their way back to their main home in the park.
“The family is less than a mile from returning back into Grand Teton National Park. Hopefully this time it’s for good,” Deehan wrote in the Instagram post.
The bears are preparing for hibernation, which will last around five months. Once they begin hibernating, grizzly 399 and the four cubs likely won’t be seen until late March or early April.
In October, one of the cubs was spotted limping, but all four appeared to be healthy in the video posted by Deehan.
Grand Teton National Park officials didn’t respond to a request for comment from Cowboy State Daily.
Grizzly 399 is considered the most famous bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She has had around 16 cubs, including her latest four that were first seen this year.