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Grizzly feeding on elk.  © Ken Cole

Grizzly feeding on elk. © Ken Cole

Yellowstone bears emerging from slumber
Associated Press

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Ken Cole

Ken Cole is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He is the interim Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project. We do not accept unsolicited “guest” authors or advertising.

5 Responses to Yellowstone bears emerging from slumber

  1. Jim says:

    Is this about normal timing for them to wake up, or is it early?

  2. It’s normal.

  3. Cindy says:

    Is that photo recent?

  4. Ken Cole says:

    I took the photo last fall. October 21.

  5. chuck parker says:

    Another reason to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone.

    More snowmobiles = less utilization of ungulate carcasses by grizzlies that could use a big hit of calories in the late winter/early spring.

    This was documented in a 1970s study by Keith Aune, but ignored or dismissed by 1990s NPS winter use studies on snowmobiling.

    Remember–ungulates often winter along the Madison River, the Firehole, and other riparian areas. Also in geyser basins. That’s where the roads and snowmobiles are.


March 2009


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