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Grand Teton Rangers Search For User Of Illegal Drone

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) Grand Teton National Park rangers are investigating the illegal use of a drone that buzzed a grizzly bear and her two cubs in the northwest Wyoming park on Wednesday evening.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said rangers and others saw the drone hover close to the grizzlies.
But whoever was piloting the drone managed to retrieve it and flee without being seen.

Drone use is illegal on National Park Service property, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

Illegal drone use was also reported in Grand Teton during the total solar eclipse Monday, but Germann was unaware of anyone being cited.

She says there were instances of drone pilots preparing their drones for flight but being confronted by rangers before they launched.

Last year, two of the members of a Canadian business called High on Life used a drone illegally in Zion and Mesa Verde national parks. Those crimes were among others including walking on the delicate Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

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