We have the first 2022 Yellowstone grizzly sighting in the books, as a pilot working on park research sighted an adult bear walking in a meadow in the west-central part of the park.
No, this isn’t a photo of the grizzly; this is a file photo from 2016. No photos were taken.
The first bear sighting of 2021 occurred on March 13.
Male grizzlies come out of hibernation in early 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 to encounters with people when feeding on carcasses.