Bears by the Numbers, Keeping Tabs on Our Bruins
By Ralph Maughan On December 2, 2008 · 5 Comments · In Bears
Recalling some famous Wyoming grizzly bears-
Bears by the Numbers. By Brodie Farquhar. Wyofile. com
Tagged with: grizzly bears • Wyoming
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.
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This is kinda cool…
that is really cool. I wish more wildlife studies could include that as it would make it more popular with the public. Although, the negative is that in unprotected areas people can use the info in a bad way (ie, killing them) since they know where they are.
Thanks for the link.
Thanks, John, that is a cool site. It would be great if they gave a little more information about the bears. When I looked at it, I naturally got curious about the patterns of the different bears. For example, looks like 208 does a lot of roaming around; is it a male looking for a mate? Maybe a young bear, looking for a territory? What about the one with realitively few hits, 204 I think? The number would indicate it was one of the earlier ones collared, so does the number of hits mean it had died or lost it’s collar? Inquiring minds want to know.
Looking at the bear locations, it’s hard to pick a winner for this year’s Alaska Darwin Awards. Notice that bears #204, 207, 208, and 211 all hung out a lot a Far North Bicentennial Park/Campbell Creek. Lots of spawning salmon in that stream during the summer. So in mid-June, a couple of trail runners have a dust-off with a grizzly in Bicentennial Park, but escape uninjured. That’s nothing. At the end of June, a teen girl on a mountain bike gets terribly injured. That’s what happens when you’re riding around at night during a 24 hour race. Two weeks later another runner has a close call with a grizzly. About two weeks after that a different runner gets nailed by a bear.
Is there a way to prevent all these bear attacks? Hunting. Thin out the bears. Led by Anchorage Daily News outdoor editor, an avid trail runner and mountain biker, lots of people are agitating to kill a bunch of bears.
bear #212 is on display in a museum in Meeteetse, Wyoming near where he was put down…he’s very impressive with extremely long claws compared to the average grizzly.