Wyoming grizzly bear sightings mark end of hibernation

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say grizzly bears are starting to emerge from hibernation in northwest Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports a state Game and Fish Department warden spotted a bear last Friday near the base of Steamboat Mountain - a week after bears were sighted outside their dens in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Officials say people can now expect to see grizzly and black bears in the area through the beginning of next winter.

Officials recommend for those spending time in grizzly habitat to carry bear spray, travel in groups and stay at least 100 yards (91 meters) away from bears.

Yellowstone officials recorded the first grizzly sighting this year on March 8 south of Canyon Village.

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