Bear Mauling Near Bakers Hole Campground, North of West Yellowstone - Emergency Closure in Place for Public Safety

Contact(s): Marna Daley, 406-570-5526

West Yellowstone, MT (April 15, 2021) – The Custer Gallatin National Forest implemented an emergency public safety closure today following a bear mauling near Bakers Hole Campground, north of West Yellowstone, Montana.

The closure includes all National Forest System lands on the east side of Highway 191 from the boundary with the town of West Yellowstone to the Transfer Station Road #6794.  The area closure is bounded on the east by Yellowstone National Park.  The area is closed to all human entry and includes the popular Boundary Trail and Bakers Hole Campground.  The campground opens for public use on May 1 annually.

The area closure will remain in effect until investigators determine it is safe to re-open. 

As bears become more active this spring it is important to remember to carry bear spray and have it readily accessible, hike or travel during the daylight hours, travel in groups if possible, make lots of noise and stay alert for signs of bears in the area.  Finally, never approach a bear.