Rocky Mountain Front grizzlies emerging late
By Ralph Maughan On April 12, 2009 · 4 Comments · In Bears
Deep snow keeps bears in longer than recent years-
Where are all the grizzly bears? Great Falls Tribune. By Karl Puckett.
The article says bears are coming out quite late in Yellowstone too.
Tagged with: grizzly bears • Montana
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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Maybe the bears are smarter than we are. . . 🙂 I keep trying to go out of my den but keep being pushed back in due to bad weather. However, at least one black bear is out in my area as I have seen tracks lightly etched in crusty snow twice. The bear investigated the trash left behind by snowmobilers one day and the next he was a mile away nosing around in the snow melted puddles. There isn’t much to eat yet, except bugs in old stumps. Even the ant hills are still frozen on top.
Smart bears. I usually didn’t start stirring until May back when I lived in the rockies. Too damn cold and too much snow on the ground!
I’m surprised, I thought most of Montana had a similar winter/early spring last year as Idaho, which was a really LATE spring. Even later than this year.
Overall in southern Idaho we are about two weeks ahead of last year but a week or two behind the ten year average in terms of snowmelt in the 4-6 thousand feet range.
Here in Sunlight, east edge of the Park, I saw Griz tracks yesterday in Little Sunlight Campground. A Griz was spotted two weeks ago down at the old bridge as well.