Our friends at EnjoyYourParks.com keep a close lookout for Grizzly 399 and her cubs.
On Wednesday evening, they reported that although there have been no photo opportunities of the five-some since Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean they haven’t been seen.
They report that hunters who have special permits to hunt in Grand Teton National Park have spotted the family and “all reports have been good news.”
“Every year Grizzly 399 relies on elk gut piles left by hunters, but this year these gut piles were especially important because she has four cubs to provide for as well,” they said.
“The great news is that there was a considerably higher than normal amount of elk gut piles this year in Grand Teton National Park, and this was exactly what these 5 bears needed to adequately fatten up before heading for their den,” they reported.
The site says the bears are looking healthy and they don’t know if they have begun hibernating yet.
“If 399 is still easily finding food, chances are that she still might be out and about,” they said.
“What we are thrilled about is that they’ve been eating well, which very much increases the chances that this remarkable bear family will survive the long Teton winter.”