The grizzly bear recovery in the Greater Yellowstone has been a great success, but most activists I know fear for its long run future, not because it isn’t really recovered, but because every predictable trend about the grizzly bear’s habitat points downward. In addition, habitat corridors allowing dispersal to central Idaho and Northern Montana have not been created.

Story in the Billings Gazette by Mike Stark.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears soon to be delisted

  1. JimBob says:

    Geez! Read the comments to this story on the Gazette’s website. Is everybody in Montana an uneducated, opinionated moron, or is it just the ones that comment to the Gazette. Sometimes I think there is no hope for this country.

  2. I see, however, that the posters to the Gazette are the “usual suspects.”

  3. mike says:

    It has been a long time; but, back when Johnnie Weissmuller was playing Tarzan, wasn’t “Cheetah” his monkey? Now the ape lives in Billings and votes Republican…

  4. Monty says:

    The red neck responses to the Gazzette’s article confirms my belief that the greatest threat to the world is “stone cold neanderthalic human ignorance”!

  5. The Democrats are taking over Montana, although the Montana House swung Republican by just one seat and that on a couple votes.

    The Republicans have decided they lost because they weren’t conservative enough. However, conservatives can’t decide what “conservative” means anymore.

    In addition, most people don’t vote on the basis of ideology. While more people say they are conservatives than say they are liberals. Liberals plus middle-of-the-road is a substantial majority.

    The Montana Republicans just put a guy who doesn’t believe in public education at all as chair of the state House of Representatives Education Committee. He wants to abolish all laws required compulsory education to a certain age.

    I think Montana is going to swing more and more to the Democrats.


November 2006


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey