Spring is finally popping in south-central Montana and while things look a little lot rainy for the upcoming weekend, sunshine will be back soon and lots of us will be heading to the mountains. After a really long winter, most of us can't wait to get back into hiking, hunting for mushrooms, and enjoying the scenery in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. 

A favorite spot south of Red Lodge is closed because of a bear.

The extremely popular Greenough Campground Area, 13 miles south of Red Lodge has been closed by the Forest Service, effective 5/9, due to an aggressive grizzly bear in the area. The bear has reportedly been spotted around Greenough Lake, where it is believed to be gorging on dead winter-kill fish on the lake. The closure also affects the Parkside Trail area. The closure is temporary and wildlife officials believe the grizzly bear will move on.

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Okay, so maybe it's not "aggressive."

KTVQ shared a report Tuesday night (5/9) with a ranger who clarified the bear was acting in a defensive manner - not aggressively - because humans were approaching its area; a natural behavior. The official added that the bear was being monitored, but they were not considering trapping or euthanizing the grizzly at this time.

A Black Bear is looking out of a Forest in Canada
Also, not the actual bear. Credit: heckepics / GettyImages

Be animal aware as you head out this spring.

Bears are hungry and out and about, and so are moose. Both can get a little aggressive if you get too close or stumble onto them. Remember to make lots of noise, and carry bear spray. Montana FW&P offers tips in the video embedded above, or learn more HERE.

10 Photos of Bears I Saw In the Wild

I was privileged to take a trip to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park with guys that have been there before to look for bears. That experience paid huge dividends. I am nowhere close to being a professional photographer, but getting these bear shots was a huge thrill.

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