It’s a sure sign of spring: the first Yellowstone grizzly bear sighting of 2021 is in the books, as one was spotted in the northern part of the park by a pilot supporting park wildlife studies.
This is the first Yellowstone grizzly bear sighting in the park this year, although tracks have been seen on several occasions in the last two weeks.
The first bear sighting of 2020 occurred on March 7.
Also spotted early: Mountain Bluebirds, spotted for the first time this year in Yellowstone.
No, the photo of the grizzly was not this year’s early arrival. This is an NPS photo from Jim Peaco, taken March 12, 2016, of a grizzly bear on a buried bison carcass at Blacktail Pond. Both photos courtesy NPS.