Grizzly 610 likely hit by car
By Billy Arnold
Grizzly 610, one of the famous Grizzly 399's adult female offspring, was likely hit by a car Monday in Grand Teton National Park.
Park officials are not 100% sure the bear that was hit was 610, but they are fairly confident, based on a scar by one of the bear's eyes. The bear also had three yearling cubs in tow, which matches the demographics of 610's most recent brood.
"We have not 100% identified that it’s her, but we feel pretty confident that it’s her," said park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke.
Park officials also don't know with 100% certainty that 610 was hit by a vehicle. Nobody stopped, but all signs point to a vehicle strike. The grizzly was found lying by the road east of the Moran entrance to Grand Teton, and there were skid marks nearby.
No tickets have been issued, Gohlke said.
"Nobody witnessed it and nobody called to report that they had done it," Gohlke said. "She was just left on the side of the road."
The bear did, however, get up and walk away after lying on the side of the road for some time. When she did, she reunited with her cubs. Gohlke said there were no immediate signs that she was in bad health.
"She doesn’t have anything obvious," Gohlke said. "She wasn’t dragging a leg, or limping on her paw. There’s nothing obvious that she has an injury."
Park officials will monitor the bear over the next few days to see how she fares.
This version of the article has been edited to remove the word "night" from the first sentence. The bear was hit Monday afternoon. — Ed.
📸: The bear known as grizzly 610 catches a scent on the breeze while foraging with her two cubs in May 2016 in Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton officials believe the bear was hit by a car Monday night in the park. BRADLY J. BONER / NEWS&GUIDE FILE