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    10-22-2012, 07:10 PM
From what the locals have told us, the cougars are not a problem so long as they have plenty to eat. They are nocturnal, so you seldom see them during the day.

The only problems we've heard about with bears are the stupids and the sow that inadvertently gets bothered by your presence near the cub(s). They do not want to be near you any more than you should want to be near them. The stupids I mentioned, are just plain dumb, and shouldn't be there to start with.

We've encountered a lot of bear over the last 15 years that we've made our trips to the rockies. Some have raised the hair on the back of my neck, just because they were so close and soooo big. But, none of them were aggressive towards us. I really haven't noticed much difference in the behavior of the black and the grizzly.

Last year was a bit concerned with presence of so many wolf. They did not seem be the least bit afraid of us.
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    10-22-2012, 10:38 PM
If you could live without hook-ups, there is a FS campground that is located in the Moran, WY area. Turpin Meadow Campground | Wyoming | Public Lands Information Center | Recreation Search We stayed there in '06. The trails from that campground go into the Teton Wilderness just below Yellowstone. Definitely bear country! It was highly recommended that you carry "Bear" Pepper Spray in that area. That campground had bear boxes for food storage, but we just kept everything in our trailer and kept a very clean camp.

This campground does have corrals.

While we didn't actually see a bear, we did see this big print not far from camp. From the way my horse was acting, I have a feeling that this bear was not far away. We had been down this same trail the afternoon before, and we were the first ones out of camp that morning, so I know that the print had been made between those times.

It was unusually hot and dry in '06, so the trails were very dusty. The mosquitoes were bad, too. From what others said, the bugs weren't normally that bad.

Has anyone been to that area lately? Just curious as to how bad the pine bark beetle damage is currently.
    10-23-2012, 12:52 AM
We stayed at the KOA campground just west of Moran, then trailered in to the Teton trail heads. It is too far from Turpin Meadows to the Teton trail heads to ride in. We rode out of Turpin Meadows a couple of days. I was not impressed with the riding out of there. Not very scenic, as compared to riding the trails up the center Teton mountain(the Grand Teton). The water falls and glaziers where absolutely breath taking.

That is the highest we have ever been on horseback. The peak is about 13,700. We went up to just under 12,500 ft. We would have gone on up another 500 feet, but were turned back by a nasty blizzard. Yes, in mid August we had a blizzard. Got 6 to 8 inches of snow on the top and 2 to 3 inches at the trail heads. The snow in the trail heads melted quick, but the upper elevation passes were blocked for several days. One thing you don't do, is ride thru the snow, not knowing how deep it is, or what is below it. You just might be riding over a snow bridged canyon. So, we spent a couple of days riding out of Turpin Meadows. There were enough hikers going thru the snow, that we felt save in riding thru it too. Hurricane pass is appropriately named. It peaks at about 13,000 ft. And is surrounded by glaziers and a lot of new snow. The trail up to Hurricane pass is not for the faint of heart. The trail switchbacks up a mountain side that is nothing but shale with water running under all of it. And on some of the switchbacks your horse's head and neck are over 1000's of feet of air(straight down).

If you going to ride the Grand Teton, you need to research the trails and make sure both your horse and you are fit for the ride. It is no place for out of condition mammals of any type. It is a must see ride, but with caution.

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