bear jam

n.1.A traffic jam caused by tourists stopping to look at bears near the road; - a phenomenon once common in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In the course of a single day, they might assist with a bear jam at Signal Mountain, talk to visitors hiking along String Lake or even get called to help relocate a campsite's paper wasp nest.
Then we get back in the car and on the way we come upon a bear jam - lots of cars and people looking at another bear and her two cubs.
At the Canyon Village Ranger Station, as hikers inquire about backcountry campsites, an oversized walkie-talkie begins crackling with a familiar broadcast: "We've got another bear jam on the north side of Dunraven Pass," declares an anonymous voice.
In Yellowstone National Park, "bear jam" is code for grizzly bears sauntering at close range along the roadside.
There is wildness too: 'bear jams' disrupting traffic, cougar sightings and soaring eagles, towering ancient trees, log- strewn beaches and distant snowy peaks.
"I get how Yellowstone is more than postcards and bear jams. I know it now on a totally different level."