What an incredible experience to behold.
In a rural, wooded location, it’s likely that you’ll come across several common animals while driving.
Everything from large animals like deer to small ones like squirrels and birds may fall under this category. Even though witnessing these animals isn’t particularly thrilling most of the time, occasionally you might see something remarkable. Something enormous.
Travelers saw a mother grizzly and her four kids doing just that as they crossed a road in Wyoming. Fortunately, the entire event was documented on video.
It was a fairly typical day for visitors to Grand Teton National Park as they took in the park’s breathtaking landscape and abundant animals.
It turns out that bears live in the Grand Teton National Park very frequently; in fact, the park’s website states that:
The Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway are ideal habitats for black bears and grizzly bears. Bears can be found anywhere at any time. Many of the most well-traveled paths pass through prime bear country. In most cases, bears will move out of the road when they hear you coming.
But even so, travelers realized they were seeing a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence when they saw a mother bear and her cubs cross a road in front of them.
The mother bear and her cubs can be seen moving toward the road while strolling down a grassy hill in a video posted by one of the onlookers.
Everyone stops their cars and stands outside with their cameras ready as soon as they realize the mama is going to cross the street.
The mother bear appears completely unaware of the onlookers as she and her cubs stroll quietly into the street.
She stays on course and appears to be trying to get her cub to safety. She doesn’t even make eye contact with the audience!
The bears cross across to the other side, and the mother bear leads her cubs back to the safety of the forest under her watchful gaze.
It’s incredible that she doesn’t try to attack the people watching, but everyone is polite and gives the passing bears some room.
The four cubs remain together and appear to be apprehensive about crossing the road, but they are certain that their mother will protect them.
Teton National Park has some tips for staying safe if you are fortunate enough to see some bears crossing the street.
It is advised that you:
Even if you are in a car, keep 100 yards away from bears.
When seeing bears, park in authorized areas and stay in your car.
obey the advice of National Park Service employees.
For safe viewing, use binoculars or spotting scopes.
It is against the law to approach wild animals.
Never leave food, trash, or coolers outside a car or in the open bed of a truck.