First photo in 40 years of grizzly bear in Washington State’s North Cascades

Though USFWS has long estimated 5-10 grizzlies in area, there have been no photos-

Grizzly bear photographed in the North Cascades. Seattle Post Intelligencer






  1. Mike Avatar

    Great story. Love the photo, too. And wise not to disclose the location.

  2. Brent Avatar

    Holy smokes. Even the park employees expressed doubt to me that they were still there.

    As far as the location, most of the park is very inaccessible. It’s humid and lush, not prime hiking territory. Give me the Pasayten any day.

  3. Christopher Avatar

    Anyone know why it would take 6 months to notify the park service of such discovery?

    1. Mike Avatar

      When you consider what the folks in Glacier have been doing to bears lately (killing cubs with jugular shots of tranq, firing cracker shells into bears, etc), it’s not a bad idea to give some space between sightings.

    2. Linda Jo Hunter Avatar

      Mike is right. . you can’t just publish pictures of great wildlife like this while there is any chance they are still there. Too many people misunderstand bears still. . some would take the opportunity to try and kill it and many others would think their hiking and camping opportunities in the area are over. It is best this is old news.

  4. Brent Avatar

    That has to be on the eastern side of the park. I have never been hiking there where it is this open and dry.

  5. atlas Avatar

    does anyone know how likely it is that there is still a population in the san juan mountains

    1. Ralph Maughan Avatar
      Ralph Maughan


      No one knows for sure, but I think it is very unlikely because inbreeding would have wiped such a low population out. It has no source of outside recruitment.

    2. Brent Avatar

      Agree with Ralph; there is pretty much no chance by now. It could have been made viable 20 or so years ago with massive conservation. A great book is Ghost Grizzlies by Peterson.


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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