Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Adventure Journal: Safe Wildlife Viewing in Grand Teton

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Spring in Grand Teton is a time when many species wake up from hibernating, migrate to their summer feeding grounds, and give birth to offspring. For us, it's also a great time to spot wildlife such as bears, moose, and birds. Wildlife viewing is a favorite spring activity and it's important to keep a few things in mind when setting out to view your favorite animals in the park. Here are some tips to help you experience wildlife and keep both you and these iconic species out of harms way.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Safe viewing distances for wildlife are 100 yards for bears and wolves, and 25 yards for all others.

NEVER put yourself between an adult animal and its offspring. This can result in aggressive behavior from the animals.

DO NOT feed, approach, or chase wildlife.

DID YOU KNOW? Animals become stressed when humans approach them. Most perceive us as a threat or even a predator. If their behavior changes because of your presence, you are too close.

Coming between adult animals and their young can make them feel threatened. Keep your distance at all times and be aware of your surroundings!

Remember, animals in the park are wild. Please be respectful of them and their habitat and enjoy the incredible viewing opportunities in Grand Teton National Park.