Grizzly bear on Glacier Park snowfield prompts safety warning … about snow

(KPAX) It was quite the sight in Glacier National Park recently when Jacob Hartman captured video of a bear sliding down a snowfield in the park.

Glacier officials shared the video on social media this week, and cautioned that snowfields can persist through the summer and are a hazard.

“Crossing snow and ice can lead to serious injuries and even death,” the post read. “Consider turning around instead of crossing a snowfield, especially if you don’t have the proper gear.”

Park officials reported no bears were injured during the filming of the video. The incident is not the only-bear related situation in Glacier National Park in recent months.

Joshua Wade Covill posted on Facebook his two shots of a young grizzly bear trailing a man on the Hidden Lake Trail on June 25.

“When he turned around, they both jumped backward and the bear ran off downhill! The guy finished his hike, but I’m guessing he needed some clean shorts!” Covill wrote.

The park also released information this week about changing statuses to trails, campgrounds, roadsides, and other developed areas due to bears.

Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s Trail and Area Closings and Postings webpage before heading into the park and to learn more about bears and safety while recreating in bear country.

The National Park Service recommends always hiking in groups and carrying bear spray. If hikers encounter a bear, they should assume a non-threatening posture, slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and talk quietly.

Click here for more bear-safety tips.