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Grizzly Bear Activity Closes Glacier Park Campgounds, Trails

Aug 20, 2019

Updated 2:20 p.m., August 8, 2019

The Glacier park trails closed Sunday due to grizzly bear activity have re-opened. The Highline, Loop and Swiftcurrent Trail from Swiftcurrent Pass to Granite Park Chalet are now open again. Granite Park backcountry campground remains closed.

Park officials advise visitors to watch for signs of grizzly bears, carry bear spray and be extra cautious in areas bears are known to be frequenting.

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Glacier National Park has temporarily closed access to the Granite Park area due to grizzly bear activity.

The Highline, Loop and Swiftcurrent Trail from Swiftcurrent Pass to Granite Park Chalet were closed as of Sunday evening. The Granite Park backcountry campground was closed to campers arriving Monday. Park staff planned to check on the bears Monday and conduct hazing activities if needed.

Park staff who live in the Granite Park area have been monitoring grizzly bears frequenting the area. On Sunday, they received several reports from visitors of encounters with a bear or bears along the trail within the general area of the campground and the chalet.

The park says the bear or bears exhibited behavior consistent with being disturbed and frustrated by human presence.