National Park Service To Step Up Enforcement At Gros Ventre Campground

Sep 26, 2014

Credit Linda Peterson

The National Park Service at Grand Teton National Park will be limiting what areas campers can use in the Gros Ventre campground for the rest of this season. That’s after a crowd Wednesday possibly caused a bull moose to charge, resulting in the fatal injury of a female moose.

Public Affairs Officer Jackie Skaggs says people have been getting far too close to animals, in some cases less than ten feet. She says new, plain clothed rangers will be introduced to protect both people and animals.

"We're doing that as basically a last resort because people are unwilling to police themselves and only will stand back from wildlife when there's a uniformed ranger present" says Skaggs.

Skaggs encourages people to keep at least twenty-five yards away from moose, though one hundred yards is encouraged during the fall mating season. She also encourages campers to warn each other when getting to close to the wildlife.

The campground will remain open until October third when it is scheduled to close for winter.