This story is part of the Lee Enterprises series “Grizzlies and Us.” The project examines the many issues surrounding the uneasy coexistence of grizzly bears and humans in the Lower 48, which have come into focus in recent years as the federally–protected animal pushes farther into human-occupied areas. The 10-part series, comprised of more than 20 stories, was produced by outdoor reporters and photojournalists across the Rocky Mountain West.
Grizzly Bear 399 made it through 2021 alive.
The sow more famous than Yogi and his pick-a-nick basket probably denned up with her four yearling cubs for the winter around Dec. 13, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitors. After a year where a Jackson Hole, Wyoming resident got caught drawing 399 into her yard with molasses pellets, two of her cubs got trapped and radio-collared in a massive capture operation and the whole family got videoed passing through the touristy downtown on the edge of Grand Teton National Park, she’s earned a rest.
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