A couple of weeks ago, a couple of grizzly bears were spotted roaming the woods of South Dakota’s Upper Big Horn State, and some locals say they might have a little something for everyone.
Grolar bears have been spotted in South Dakota since the 1980s, and in recent years they’ve become a bigger draw for the local tourist and hunting community.
According to South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson Lisa Phelan, the bears have gotten a little bigger since the start of the century.
“They’re not shy.
They can walk right up to you, they can climb trees, they’re just a big beast,” she told NBC News.”
You’re not going to be able to catch them in the wild, but they’ve been very successful in the North Dakota area.”
For now, it seems that Grolar Bears aren’t the only animals with a good excuse to enjoy a quiet weekend.
“I think it’s really good for the environment,” said Scott Baskins, a retired ranger who now works for the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
“A lot of bears, particularly grizzlies, they need to be protected and I think it would be good to get them into the wild more.”
While Groler Bears are well-known for their aggressive nature, it’s been estimated that there are about 2,000 bears in the U.S. alone, with the majority of those being found in North Dakota.
And it’s not just the bears that can benefit from a day off.
“It’s a really good time to get away from it all, you can actually see the wildlife and wildlife habitat and it can be a nice change of pace,” said Phelen.
If you’d like to learn more about grizzly bear conservation in the South Dakota area, check out our guide to bears.