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Bear Market. By Brett Prettyman. The Salt Lake Tribune

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Biologists want to know how many bears live in Utah

  1. avatar mikarooni says:

    They can’t do this sort of research in Utah; Utah is GOP country and McCain said this kind of research wastes money.

  2. avatar Marge says:

    Interesting. I once knew a guy who did this exact thing in the White Rock Wildlife Management Area in Arkansas.

  3. avatar Scott Hanley says:

    I was going to make mikarooni’s comment, but he beat me to it. Informed decisions just waste taxpayer money.

  4. avatar Jeff says:

    There is certainly a healthy population in the Tavaputs Plateau region in East Central Utah. Nearly everythime I floated the Green River through Desolation and Gray’s Canyons we’d see at least one bear.

  5. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    This research is okay as long as we are not doing paternity tests or crime scene investigations.


March 2009


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