VIDEO: World Famous Grizzly 399 Sighted Crossing Road

Griz 399
Source: Youtube

Authentic social media sensation Grizzly 399 has been sighted by some lucky Grand Teton National Park tourists while crossing the road with her cubs just a few days ago. 

Grizzly 399 has been called "the  most famous grizzly bear in the world," with her own social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.  She is also the subject of a children's book published in May 2020.

Part of her celebrity comes from her advanced age and presumed intelligence.  Born in 1996, she has now reached the august age of 24.  It is relatively rare to see a grizzly that old produce cubs, but she bore a litter of four just last season.  Her adorable brood can be seen in the video below.

Griz 399 on road
Source: Youtube

Grizzly 399 has become reasonably habituated to dealing with humans in high-traffic areas, near roads, etc.  Some have theorized that she now sticks closer to those areas while traveling with young because though the risk of human interaction is higher it is still safer than traversing the backcountry, where adult male grizzlies will sometimes kill cubs.

Griz 399 paparazzo
Griz 399's paparazzo - Source: Youtube

Many come to Yellowstone specifically to get a glimpse of Grizzly 399.  As world famous wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelson has said, "These are not just any bears... they might be the most famous grizzlies alive today on the planet. For all these people, catching a glimpse of them is the thrill of a lifetime."

No doubt the assembled tourists who saw the queen of grizzlies regal road-crossing were starstruck.  We hope Grizzly 399 a long and glorious reign. 

See the video below, and please note: there is some foul language at the beginning of the video -- mute if you don't want to hear it, or turn it up louder if you very badly DO want to hear it!

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Paula Zawadzky (not verified) , Sat, 09/12/2020 - 11:48
I know people like to see her but I wish they would just leave her and her cubs alone. Some moron is going to try and kill them just because they're so popular.
Gillian call (not verified) , Sat, 09/12/2020 - 13:27
Good lord how many cameras but very glad it was cameras doing shots not weapons respct
Larry Hinze (not verified) , Sat, 09/12/2020 - 18:32
The cussing is so DISTINCTLY Montana. lol
Linda Cirnett (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:04
I do agree. I put that in my comment but don't know if it will be seen.
leo (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 06:07
I see a lunch for a griz… You people are way to close and your cameras are zooms. Think about it. If that bear does attack then its a dead bear as it has to be destroyed. Think about that while taking your picture,. Its your fault if your attacked and then the rest of the world will be at lost for your stupid mistake, Just look at the fat guy in the blue shirt he can't move and would make a perfect lunch for the cubs. Bears on there first lunge can go up to 40 feet. Think about it.
Anonymous (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 07:23
I honestly can’t believe people would get so close to a momma bear with her cubs. So dangerous!! What if that bear felt threatened and attacked to protect her cubs. She would have been killed and those babies orphaned, all because idiots need a damn picture.
Anonymous (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 09:18
There is no bear that can lunge forty feet , maybe in several strides
Rick miller (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:59
I bet that bear can catch you before you get forty feet away. Watubet!!?
Trish (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 09:45
Was this staged? Why so many cameras, people so close to this family?
Rob M (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 21:59
Staged? Not with a grizzly in the wild. Allowing a group to follow a mother bear would never happen in the Canadian National parks if rangers were present though, so that is odd for sure.
LOL (not verified) , Tue, 12/22/2020 - 13:34
because that bear has been tracked since before she was pregnant.
Linda Cornett (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:02
Love the bears, hate the woman's foul, dirty mouth!!!!
Suzie (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:36
Agree- don’t need to hear dirty mouth. Also think too MANY people. Stay away
Georgia (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:19
Thank you Linda, it would have been better without the potty mouth!
Tony DHaese (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 18:06
Those people don’t even have a clue what that girl can do. What would happen to her if she decides she doesn’t like what she sees.
Rebecc Kiffiak (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 20:03
Awesome like to watch the bears
terry peck (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 20:35
just had a black bear migrate down from wisconsin to central missouri a couple months ago, was following some river
Joyce Massey (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:09
It wasn’t just some river. It was the Mississippi River. And unfortunately due to Mideast and people wouldn’t leave it alone it became trapped in a residential area near I70 and became dehydrated and had to be tranquilized and sent to a zoo to be rehabbed and released hopefully
Laura (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 20:42
Beautiful, healthy Moma Grizz and 4 cubs. Everyone (also too many humans collecting) are far too close to a Mother Grizz, while she protects her young. This is not cute and should be shut down immediately. I live in the mountains and in bear country.
Laura Wallace (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 20:53
Bears attack to protect young. I have seen it. You don't go anywhere near a mother bear and her young, especially a Grizz. Rule #1
Ryan A. (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 20:33
Not sure why these folks are allowed to be so close. The grizzly distance rule in Yellowstone is 100 meters. These people are easily within 50 meters and I would venture to say 25 in most instances. Posting this video further promotes bad behavior as ignorant people believe it's okay.
Roger Tedeschi (not verified) , Thu, 09/17/2020 - 18:21
Thats what is called harassing the bears!! Shame on those Forest rangers!!!
Pamela MacDermontt (not verified) , Sat, 11/14/2020 - 02:30
I love seeing the mother bear and her cubs! You got your photos, now leave them to enjoy the rest of the day!
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