“You’re staying in the field, so we should let you know about the grizzly,” the park ranger says as he hands us a couple of brochures about keeping a “bare” campsite.
It turns out that it’s calving season for the elk here, and the elk love to hang out in the field where we’re staying. This is apparent as soon as we walk onto the field, gear in hand, and see that everywhere is a toilet to an elk.
Calving season means easy pickings for the bears. Normally, they wouldn’t come this close to the campgrounds, but this bear must have heard through the grapevine that there’s a feast to be had.