Due to a black bear sow with cubs displaying defensive activity in the vicinity, a section of the Exit Glacier Main Trail is closed to public use effective immediately. Access to the Glacier Overlook is available via the Glacier View Trail.
Visitors and local residents have reported multiple encounters with one or more black bears in recent days. Reports of bear behavior include jaw popping, huffing, and bluff charge.
The trail will temporarily be closed in order to protect the public and the bears.
The public is reminded that traveling in bear country requires being prepared and bear aware. Take safety precautions such as carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it. Review information and best practices in regard to how to respond when encountering a bear.
Visitors are asked to give bears plenty of space and not contribute to their stress which can be increased by attempting to photograph them or having dogs in the vicinity. Do not get between a sow and her cubs. If a bear is between you and your destination, you will need to wait for the bear to clear the area.
Visitors should contact the NPS Visitor Center in Seward at 907-422-0535 for the latest information regardingtheclosure. (36 CFR 13.50).