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Year isn’t over but griz deaths in Greater Yellowstone only about half of 2012-

Earlier we wrote that grizzly bear deaths in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem (GYE) this year appeared lower than expected.  It was hard to say more at the time because the government was shut down and the official grizzly mortality count was […]

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Apples are natural griz food, though apple orchards are human planted-

If you want to attract bears to your property, an effective way is to plant some apple trees. Of course, most plant them to harvest apples for human use. Bears don’t pick the apples neatly. They usually break tree limbs.

A 300 pound sow […]

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Former Yellowstone superintendent Michael Finley doubts grizzly delisting due to lack of habitat-

West Yellowstone, MT.  Last weekend the Greater Yellowstone Coalition celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding back in 1983. Along with honoring the founders, especially activist Rick Reese, and former Board members, the Coalition (GYC) had a prime […]

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Island Park, Idaho. A female grizzly bear with two yearling cubs was hot near Island Park, Idaho on September 12. Island Park is a relatively low elevation and primarily flat area (an ancient caldera bottom) just west and southwest of Yellowstone Park.

This year there had been two grizzly bear-human injuries in the Island Park […]

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It’s called “hyperphagia”

Grizzly bears get a serious case of the “munchies” this time of the year. “Ravenous” is more the word. It is overwhelming and not a matter of personal character, but genetic programming to prepare for the winter hibernation.

News media articles, agency warmings, and word of mouth tells people that the bears […]

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A new study by Dr. Bill Ripple and his colleagues, “Trophic cascades from wolves to grizzly bears in Yellowstone” in the Journal of Animal Ecology suggests a second way the return of wolves has helped the Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Grizzlies have thrived in Yellowstone Park in recent years despite the destruction of the cutthroat trout fishery, […]

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Put down for eating too many cattle-

Grizzly bear 399’s next to last adult cub 587M has been killed by Wyoming officials for killing cattle in the upper Green River 40 miles southeast of Jackson, Wyoming. That leaves only 399’s equally famous adult cub, bear 610F alive.

For those who have been in the upper […]

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Hypothesis points to how profound indirect effects of human caused ecological changes can be-

For a generation now lake trout (mackinaw) have greatly reduced the formerly hugely abundant Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake and in its tributary streams. This decline was made worse by the emergence of whirling disease, a parasite carried by people […]

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Will this program stem the decline of grizzlies in SW Alberta?

Grizzlies are on the decline in Alberta. The province has far fewer bears than adjacent British Columbia and even fewer than the state of Montana to its south.

Resource development such as tar sands, natural gas exploration and development all along the Rocky Mountain […]

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A few incidents and some grizzly expansion onto the Montana plains-

Now that the grizzly (and black) bears are mostly out into what has been a generally cold Rocky Mountain spring, there is, as always, grizzly bear news.

First a minor mauling. A college student in Pablo, Montana was mauled by a griz during the […]

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July 2020


‎"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