Good news for the tiny grizzly population hard up against the Idaho/B.C. border in extreme NW Montana-

Conservation group buys land for grizzly migration. Helena Independent Record. AP

The private land was purchased by Vital Ground, a Missoula, Montana foundation.

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Ralph Maughan

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.

2 Responses to Migration corridor for grizzly bears purchased in Yaak Mountains, NW Montana

  1. It is nice to see a group who does something other than sue for habitat. Nice for the rest of the wildlife too.

  2. Linda Jo,

    You are probably aware that there are very many land trusts in the United States, many devoted at least indirectly to conserving wildlife habitat.

    From the few things I have heard of “Vital Ground” they are one of the few that concentrate on bear habitat.


August 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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