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Tuesday
Jun202017

GNP trail closure likely to last for "several days" 

Avalanche Lake is one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier- GNP photo (WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers say the closure of one of the most popular day hiking trails in the park is likely to last for several days, until they're sure grizzlies seen in the area have moved on. 

The park announced Monday the Avalanche Lake Trail off the Going-to-the-Sun Road was being closed from the trailhead to the head of the lake after a group of hikers surrounded a grizzly cub along the lake shore. Rangers say the cub had to swim out into the lake to get away from the growing crowd. 

The closure is expected to continue until biologists have a chance to determine the bears movement around the lake.

The park always recommended people maintain at least a 300' buffer between themselves and any bears to allow their natural behavior and keep both park visitors and bears safe.