There are signs of spring's arrival at Glacier National Park in Montana. The National Park Service reports that bear tracks and a freshly dug hole in the snow indicate some grizzly bears are awake and venturing out looking for food in and around the park.
During the first week of March, there were three separate sightings of bear tracks throughout the park.
Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright says that the tracks are a sign for the public to be alert for bear activity and to be familiar and comply with safety regulations.
Recreational visitors should travel in groups and make loud noises by calling out and clapping their hands at frequent intervals, especially near streams and at blind spots and curves on trails. Visitors are also reminded to keep food and garbage stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes when not in use. In addition, garbage must be deposited into bear-resistant trash cans or dumpsters.
"It is important to note that Glacier National Park is in the heart of grizzly country," Cartwright said. "That is one of the reasons many people visit the park each year. We encourage park visitors to carry, and know how to properly use, bear pepper spray as a deterrent for a charging grizzly bear."