First grizzly bear sighting this year in Yellowstone

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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File) /The Casper Star-Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has recorded its first grizzly bear sighting of the year as bears start to come out of hibernation with the pending end of winter.
The National Park Service says park visitors observed a large grizzly bear between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge last Friday. Additionally, grizzly tracks were reported between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction on Monday. The first grizzly bear sighting in 2018 occurred on March 7.
Male grizzlies typically come out of hibernation in mid-to-late March. Females with cubs emerge in April and early May.
When bears emerge from hibernation, they look for food and often feed on elk and bison that died over the winter. Sometimes, bears will react aggressively while feeding on carcasses.

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