Black bear makes the rounds

October 9, 2018

Residents of the Cottonwood neighborhood were treated to black bear sightings this weekend and Monday morning.

Parents were made aware of the bear by Teton County School District No. 1 on Monday morning. The bruin was seen near Jackson Hole Middle School, Jackson Hole High School, Summit Innovations School, Colter Elementary School, and the Jackson Hole Community School.

The school district posted on Facebook around 7 a.m. that a “large bear has been spotted this morning in the Rangeview Dr. area.” Commenters chimed in with pictures of the black bear in their yards and in Rangeview Park.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department went to the area to look for the animal. Though they didn’t find it, regional wildlife supervisor Brad Hovinga said that “from the photos, we positively identified it as a black bear.”

“It was just cruising through the area,” he said. “There’s access to a lot of crabapple trees and other items that could be available in the neighborhood. We haven’t gotten any reports of garbage gotten into or anything like that at this point.”

Bears are in hyperphagia, a phase in which they eat excessively in order to fatten up before hibernation.

Parents were warned to “use appropriate precautions in transporting students to school.”

“Last we know, it was headed off to the river and out of the neighborhood,” Hovinga said of the black bear.

Additionally, a large bear, assumed by many to be a grizzly, was seen Monday afternoon on hole 14 of the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis course.

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