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Plenty of hunters encounter grizzlies in northwest Wyoming each fall. Wildlife managers relocate dozens every year to stop or prevent problems with people and property. Few grizzlies, though, have been as predictably visible at roadsides as these two moms and their cubs.
The theory that they’re protecting their offspring is reasonable, Cain said.
"On the other hand, I would say that we have seen males courting both of these females during the mating season in close proximity to roads. So we do know that males will occasionally tolerate people," he said.
Either way, the big bears and their cubs are an extraordinary sight, even in a national park.
"We don’t have any other animals reach rock-star status," Cain said.
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