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  • Grizzly bear-human conflicts increase in Wyoming in 2014

    01/23/2015 8:23:35 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | January 23, 2015 | BOB MOEN
    Grizzly bears were the leading category among the 385 total conflicts between humans and large carnivores in Wyoming last year. Black bears were second with 134 conflicts, followed by wolves (64) and mountain lions (23). ... grizzly bears continue to expand their range. "They've far exceeded the expected geographic recovery distribution ... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide this year whether it will lift protections for some 1,000 grizzlies that scientists say live in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Removal of the protections would transfer jurisdiction over grizzlies to states
  • U.S. wildlife managers urge lifting Yellowstone grizzly protections

    12/12/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-12-2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the outsized, hump-shouldered bears had made a healthy comeback. At the time, the number of grizzlies in the region had exceeded the government's recovery goal of 500 bears, the government said. But conservationists successfully challenged the de-listing in court, arguing that the government discounted climate changes ... On Wednesday, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee sought to reverse that decision, recommending a new de-listing after reviewing a report suggesting Yellowstone's...
  • Home of the Grizzly: Photographer's Stunning Images Capture Beauty of America and Canada's

    02/11/2013 4:32:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 February 2013 | Becky Evans
    Home of the grizzly: Photographer's stunning images capture beauty of America and Canada's real bear country, where man takes second placeThe continuing fight for life of North America's bears has been captured in spectacular style in a series of dramatic pictures. Grizzly, polar and black bears are pictured in the wilds of Alaska scavenging in bins, stripping a whale carcass and scrapping over the best fishing spots. Photographer Steven Kazlowski has spent the past 15 years living in bear country and capturing the most intimate, hilarious and adrenaline-fuelled moments of his furry subjects. The series by the 43-year-old also features...
  • Photo: stare-down between photographer and grizzly

    09/07/2012 11:42:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    KXLH.com ^ | September 7, 2012
    Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader Doug Smith snapped this photo last Friday, while tracking some of the park's wolf packs from the air. Smith spotted a dead bull bison in the park's Hayden Valley, an apparent victim of a nasty encounter with another bull bison during the herd's annual rut. As you can see, a very large grizzly bear has claimed the bison carcass as his own. What you can't see, according to Smith, is the Canyon wolf pack lurking some 50 yards behind the grizzly, patiently waiting its turn on the carcass. Smith says as his pilot circled...
  • San Diego man dies in Denali grizzly attack

    08/26/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 25, 2012 | Casey Grove
    A grizzly attacked and killed a lone backpacker in Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday after the man encountered the bear next to a river and lingered there snapping pictures, according to the National Park Service. The death is the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska in seven years and the only one in the 6-million-acre park's recorded history, going back more than 90 years, the Park Service said. "It's an extremely rare event, and it's not common that we even have injuries related to bears," said park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin. "We don't see a lot, and we think...
  • Judge won't see Wyoming mauling site due to bear risk

    08/03/2012 8:09:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | August 03, 2012
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The judge in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a grizzly bear has decided not to view the mauling site near Yellowstone National Park in person on the advice of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has deemed the area too risky because of recent bear activity. ... A 430-pound grizzly killed Erwin F. Evert, of Park Ridge, Ill., six miles east of Yellowstone in June, 2010. The male grizzly had just reawakened after being trapped, tranquilized and studied by members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is tasked with researching...
  • Interior secretary calls for grizzly bear delisting by 2014

    07/24/2012 11:30:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Missoulian ^ | July 23, 2012 | Ben Neary - AP
    National Park Service A grizzly bear sow and three cubs roam inside Yellowstone National Park. CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has informed Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead that he shares the governor's desire to end federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. Salazar wrote to Mead late last week, saying he expects the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies will finish their analysis of the effect of the decline of the whitebark pine tree on bear populations by early 2014. Scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies have been addressing the whitebark pine...
  • Grizzly bear kills hunter in Boundary County (Idaho)

    09/16/2011 1:36:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | September 16, 2011 | Meghann M. Cuniff
    A grizzly bear killed a hunter in Boundary County today before another hunter fatally shot the bear. Officials from the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are at the scene of the attack, which occurred about 10 a.m. in the remote area of Buckhorn Mountain near the Montana border. The hunter who was killed is not a resident of Boundary County, officials said. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification. The hunter’s partner shot and killed the attacking grizzly, officials said. Several rifle hunting seasons are open in the...
  • Bill would clarify grizzly self-defense rights

    09/14/2011 11:43:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Capital Press ^ | September 14, 2011 | Sean Ellis
    BOISE --Idaho's congressional delegation introduced legislation today that would amend the Endangered Species Act to clarify that people have the right to defend themselves and their families from grizzly bear attacks. The legislation is in response to the well-publicized case of Jeremy Hill, a north Idaho man who was charged last month with violating the ESA for killing a grizzly bear on his property in May. Hill said he believed he was defending himself and his family. While the U.S. attorney later dropped all federal criminal charges, Hill agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened...
  • Autopsy Planned for Dead Hiker Found in Yellowstone National Park

    08/27/2011 5:36:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2011 | AP
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo -- Rangers investigated Saturday whether a Michigan man was the victim of a grizzly attack in Yellowstone National Park or if the bear had come upon the hiker's body after he died. The man was found Friday morning by two hikers on the Mary Mountain Trail, which runs northeast of the park's iconic Old Faithful geyser. Investigators found grizzly bear tracks and scat near the man, but were not immediately sure whether the grizzly caused the man's death or disturbed his body after he died.
  • Mont. ultra-marathon race cancelled due to snow

    07/13/2011 1:11:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    ap ^ | July 9, 2011
    The race director of a 100-mile ultra-marathon foot race through the Flathead National Forest has cancelled the event due to lingering snow ...the snow won't melt in time for the event scheduled for July 29. postponing the race would pose problems with shortening daylight hours and increased grizzly bear activity.
  • Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone National Park

    07/06/2011 6:42:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 117 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-6-11
    A husband and wife's backcountry hike along a popular trail turned tragic when they stumbled upon a grizzly bear and her cubs and the 57-year-old man was mauled to death, Yellowstone National Park officials said. The couple was hiking along the Wapiti Lake Trail in the Grand Canyon area of the park, park officials told ABC News. They had walked about a mile and a half from the trail head when they saw the grizzly sow and her cubs. "The bear attacked the man and killed him," said Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash. The woman screamed out for help as the...
  • Grizzly versus Bison: the rest of the story (Photos)

    10/30/2010 2:34:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies · 2+ views
    KRTV.COM ^ | October 29, 2010 | Drew Trafton
    The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing sister station KTVQ in Billings with more pictures and the end to the tale.Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April.Wypyszinski says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park.Of course, he usually has to search the animals out.NEW PHOTOS BELOWIt all started when he was driving in the Fountain Flats area, located between the Madison Junction...
  • In Search of the Grizzly (if Any Are Left)[North Cascades]

    09/17/2010 9:09:54 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Sep 2010 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    PASAYTEN WILDERNESS, Wash. — Past the asters and aspen and subalpine fir, past the quick, cold creeks and the huckleberry hillsides, the bear hunter stopped and cocked his tweezers. “Here,” said Bill Gaines, a wildlife biologist for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, “is the mother lode.” Caught on a prong of barbed wire that he had strung weeks earlier in these remote mountains was a tantalizing clue: strands of light brown bear hair. “Oh, look at that, look at that root right there,” he said. “That’s really good.” It will be months before DNA tests tell the full story: did those...
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • Hiker killed by bear near Yellowstone east gate

    06/18/2010 2:51:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies · 1,484+ views
    Gazette ^ | June 18, 2010 | RUFFIN PREVOST
    CODY — Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal mauling Thursday of a Shoshone National Forest cabin owner by a grizzly bear. The incident took place at a site where a bear had been captured and released earlier Thursday. Erwin Frank Evert, 70, of Cody, was reported missing by his wife to a member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team that had been conducting research in the Kitty Creek drainage, about 10 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. Researchers had earlier trapped and released an adult male grizzly in the area... A study team member returned to the...
  • Alaska Man Attacked by Bear While Biking to Work ('A Bear Being a Bear,' Says Official)

    06/15/2010 5:28:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 607+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | June 15, 2010 | MARY PEMBERTON
    A man riding his bicycle to work Tuesday on a city trail was attacked by a grizzly bear, which swatted his ear and bit him on the leg, police said. Sean Berkey encountered the bear on the east end of Rover's Run trail at 5:30 a.m. as he headed to work at the Alaska Native Medical Center, where the 45-year-old works as a pediatric pharmacist. He had crossed a wooden bridge when he surprised the sow, who had a cub with her. Berkey stopped his bike, and the bear charged. He momentarily used his bike as a shield, said Bruce...
  • Logic even more endangered (Grizzly relisting)

    09/27/2009 1:32:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 576+ views
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | September 27, 2009 | Editorial
    Inter Lake editorial U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy has raised the bar to insufferable heights when it comes to recovering a species under the Endangered Species Act, so much so that, if his ruling were upheld, American jurists should be prepared to slave over ESA litigation for eternity. Molloy's recent ruling that restored ESA protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears must have U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials wondering just what it will take to succeed with recovery. Molloy ruled their conservation strategies and plans for grizzly bears, developed through years of expensive efforts, were inadequate. Guidelines and standards for monitoring...
  • Wild in Alaska: Charlie Vandergaw Shares Home With Grizzlies

    09/02/2009 10:18:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies · 2,586+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 1, 2009 | Kimberly Launier & Jay Schadler
    Alaska is a land of contrasts. Thirty minutes in a bush plane will transport a visitor to another world, somewhere over the rainbow-trout streams. Glaciers of turquoise ice float next to forests in this wilderness. Bear country, as nature intended -- and then altered by man. It is a fitting place for eccentric bear enthusiast Charlie Vandergaw to play by his own rules. "That's what I like about Alaska, because I can live like I want to live. Fish or hunt, and you don't have to answer to anyone out here. You're not controlled by other people," Vandergaw said. But...
  • Unusual hunting ground even for Alaska

    10/19/2008 10:52:22 PM PDT · by ASOC · 42 replies · 1,200+ views
    The ANchorage Daily News ^ | 10/19/08 | CRAIG MEDRED
    Not often does a man open the back door of his home, poke out the barrel of his rifle and shoot a monster-size grizzly in Alaska. (snip) Twenty-two feet from his home, he shot a grizzly that measured about 8 feet from nose to tail, Sorensen said. Standing on its hind legs, it would have towered around 10 feet. Full story w/photo at link.
  • Grizzly attacks woman in tent

    08/29/2008 9:08:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies · 276+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 29th, 2008 | CRAIG MEDRED
    Mauling was in Gates of the Arctic National Park. A grizzly bear dragged a woman out of her tent Thursday and mauled her ... according to the National Park Service. The woman was saved by companions camped with her ... An Alyeska Pipeline Services Co. helicopter, normally used to monitor the oil pipeline, was expected to pick her up there and ferry her to a hospital in Fairbanks... They were camped and asleep when the bear arrived in camp. It apparently first entered a "food tent," Quinley said. "It destroyed a water jug," he said, and tried to get into...
  • Grizzly attacks teen bicycle racer in Bicentennial Park ( Alaska )

    06/29/2008 3:20:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 454+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 29th, 2008 | WESLEY LOY
    A teenage girl riding in an all-night bicycle race suffered severe injuries early this morning when a bear attacked her on a trail ... Police officers with shotguns escorted medics into dark woods to retrieve the girl... "She was cut up and bit pretty good," After the mauling, the girl used her cell phone to call 911 but was unable to communicate... Another rider who came along found her sitting on the ground and said she could utter only one word: "Bear." He then used her phone to make another call for help. Sinnott said he didn't arrive in time...
  • Man mauled by grizzly kills bear, lives to tell tale

    06/07/2008 9:36:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 4,256+ views
    CBC News ^ | June 6, 2008
    A man from B.C.'s Interior not only survived being mauled by a grizzly — he killed the bear as well. John Shorter, 38, was hiking near Dease Lake in Northern B.C. Tuesday when he said he smelled a bear in the area. "I heard a woofing sound, turned, seen a grizz coming at me. I managed to get my rifle up and get one round into the chest.… At that point he got on top of me, obviously, and took me down," Shorter said. "He proceeded to try to maul me in the back of the scalp and on the...
  • Grizzly bear kills man at Southern California training site

    04/22/2008 10:50:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies · 540+ views
    A grizzly bear that appeared in a recent Will Ferrell movie killed a 39-year-old trainer with a bite to his neck Tuesday ... Three experienced handlers ...Rocky is 7 1/2 feet tall, weighs 700 pounds ... Randy Miller also said, "If one of these animals gets a hold of your throat, you're finished,"... "You can train them and use as many safety precautions as you can, but you're still taking a chance if you're putting yourself in contact with them," Richards said. "It's still a wild animal. Even though it may appear that the bear attacked for no reason, there...
  • 'I thought I was going to die' ( bear attack )

    12/02/2007 9:24:01 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies · 258+ views
    JUNEAU EMPIRE ^ | December 2, 2007 | KIM MARQUIS
    Juneau man recounts Friday morning bear attack on Admiralty Island . A "crack" in the brush. A split second to turn and see the bear. Another second to click the gun's safety off. That's all the time Dr. John Raster had before the brown bear attacked him. "I screamed and fired a shot into the air," he said. "It was already on me and the gun was still pretty much slung around my shoulder. He bit me and started scratching me and pushed me down into the water." The Juneau doctor had been walking alone Friday morning along a stretch...
  • Spray vs. gun bear deterrent debate rages

    12/03/2007 3:09:30 PM PST · by george76 · 130 replies · 1,026+ views
    the Missoulian ^ | December 03 2007 | JOHN CRAMER
    Long ago, grizzly bears thrived in Montana as did tales - some tall, some true - told by frontiersmen of a man-eater even more fearsome than the other two bogeymen of the forest, wolves and mountain lions. Today, the reputation of Ursus arctos horribilis - along with other major predators ... Also changed is how people can handle encounters with grizzlies, using a chemical spray rather than guns to improve the odds that both humans and bears will escape the encounters unharmed. But Workman believes that if a bullet was good enough for his great-grandfather more than a century ago,...
  • Montana Outdoors: Hunters dealing with bolder bears

    11/08/2007 6:30:02 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 178+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | November 08, 2007 | MARK HENCKEL
    Advice from FWP not always applicable. If you're on a sight-seeing trip through the mountains while carrying your hunting rifle, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' advice regarding grizzly bears is great. But if you ever hope to actually fill a tag with an elk or deer, the advice has some problems. Making noise For example, one piece of advice to avoid bears is to make plenty of noise as you hike through bear country. Another is to hunt in pairs or groups. Yet another is to avoid cover that might hide a bear. Unfortunately, most hunters would agree that the...
  • Grizzly shot in Selway-Bitterroot

    09/12/2007 10:12:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Missoulian ^ | September 12 2007 | PERRY BACKUS
    For the first time in decades, people venturing into the sprawling Selway-Bitterroot ecosystem are going to be told to keep their eyes peeled for grizzly bears. That change follows the killing of a large grizzly bear in a roadless area of north-central Idaho, where the last confirmed sighting of the species came in 1946. The grizzly was shot Sept. 3 by a Tennessee hunter near Kelly Creek, about three miles from the Montana border. The bear was a young 400- to 500-pound male that was between 6 and 9 years old, said Chris Servheen, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's...
  • Man kills grizzly with knife

    08/17/2007 7:44:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,046+ views
    calgary sun ^ | August 17, 2007 | CP
    A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a female grizzly. The victim, a man in his 30s, was preparing for bow-hunting season ... He managed to kill the bear with a knife, but suffered serious arm and elbow injuries.
  • Grizzly attacks Idaho man

    04/14/2007 7:13:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 2,124+ views
    (AP) ^ | April 14, 2007
    An eastern Idaho man was mauled by a grizzly bear just outside his rural home, suffering deep bite and claw wounds across his back, investigators said. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the 33-year-old victim of the Tuesday night bear attack, saying he requested anonymity. They said he was in stable condition and good spirits in an Idaho Falls hospital. "He just stepped outside of his house to look for his dog ... then the bear knocked him down," said Idaho Fish and Game Regional Supervisor Steve Schmidt... "The bear caused significant injuries to his head, back, shoulder...
  • Grizzly around Barrow makes folks nervous ( Hungry Bears )

    08/29/2006 1:02:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies · 934+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 29, 2006 | ALEX deMARBAN
    Interior bears have been seen spreading northward over the years. Shotgun-toting guards who scan the Arctic Ocean for white polar bears spent last week looking for a brown mass of fur on the reddening tundra surrounding this Inupiat village. The grizzly, a threat to anglers and backcountry hikers across much of Alaska, isn't a problem here. Usually. They're rarely spotted this far north. But two brown bear sightings recently put some residents on edge and prompted managers at a research area east of the village to evacuate scientists doing fieldwork on the tundra. Polar bears, which top 1,000 pounds, commonly...
  • Encounter with a bear ends tenting at campsite ( Hungry bear attacks man asleep inside his tent )

    08/01/2006 3:11:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 490+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 1, 2006 | ANNE AURAND
    Planning to overnight at the Kenai's most popular campground? Leave the tent at home. Tent camping is now banned in the Russian River campground. Campers there must sleep in a hard-shelled vehicle. This comes after a bear grabbed a man sleeping in his tent early Saturday morning and bit him. Other campers scared off the bear after the man started yelling. He suffered minor injuries.
  • A little Monday Morning Humor

    07/31/2006 9:00:57 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 5 replies · 641+ views
    email | unk | unk
    The Pope took a couple of days off to visit the mountains of Alaska for some sight-seeing. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope mobile when there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods.A helpless Democrat, wearing sandals, shorts, a "Save the Whales" hat and a "To Hell with Bush" T-shirt, was screaming while struggling frantically, thrashing around trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10 foot grizzly.As the Pope watched horrified, a group of Republican loggers came racing up. One quickly fired a .44 magnum into the bear's chest... The other...
  • Hunter's widow files appeal

    03/06/2006 4:07:08 PM PST · by george76 · 72 replies · 1,699+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | March 06, 2006 | The Associated Press
    Suit says state at fault in grizzly mauling... The widow of a hunter mauled by a grizzly bear while he was gutting an elk has filed an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court after a district judge here dismissed her lawsuit against the state. Mary Ann Hilston contends negligent management practices led to the death of her husband...in the fall of 2001. She filed a lawsuit in federal court in September 2004, claiming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks knew there was an aggressive grizzly bear with two cubs prowling the...
  • Bear Kills Couple at Campsite in Alaska

    06/27/2005 7:26:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 166 replies · 5,915+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 27, 2005 | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two people camping along the Hulahula River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were killed by a grizzly bear, officials said Sunday. Officials discovered the bodies and an unused firearm in a tent Saturday at a campsite near the river. They also shot and killed the animal. The couple, whose names were not released, was believed to be in their late 50s or early 60s, North Slope Borough police said. They were from Anchorage and had been on a recreational rafting trip down the river, Alaska State Troopers said. The victims were in their tent when the...
  • Jackson, Wyoming: Cyclists fight off grizzly bear

    09/07/2004 11:28:59 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 41 replies · 3,093+ views
    New.Com.AU ^ | September 6, 2004 | staff writer
    Cyclists fight off grizzly bearFrom correspondents in Jackson, Wyoming September 6, 2004 A US mountain biker fought off a grizzly bear that repeatedly charged him until a companion drove the animal off with pepper spray. Kirk Speckhals told today how he escaped his encounter without a scratch and only had four dirt marks from the bear's claws on his forearm, a punctured bicycle tyre and a bent rim. But he said he hoped others learned from the mistakes he made during his ride in Wyoming - including not making enough noise to warn bears, not staying close to friends and...
  • A Battle for Turf Where the Grizzlies Ruled

    09/09/2003 6:52:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 21 replies · 506+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 9, 2003 | JIM ROBBINS
    NOXON, Mont. — Before the Europeans came to North America, the grizzly bear reigned, hunting the plains as far east as Minnesota, south to the deserts of Mexico and along the salmon-choked rivers of the Pacific Coast. Two centuries of settlement beat them back, and now just two main populations remain outside of Alaska — one with 400 to 600 bears in and around Glacier National Park, the other in Yellowstone, with 500 to 600 bears. They are designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but many biologists consider their population levels healthy. Three tiny populations, however, were stranded...
  • Study: Yellowstone moose not used to predators (Your tax dollars hard at work)

    04/25/2003 9:42:40 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 25 replies · 353+ views
    Study: Yellowstone moose not used to predators The Associated Press MOOSE, Wyo.--Researchers who spent five years lobbing urine-soaked snowballs at moose in Alaska and Wyoming have noticed that moose in Grand Teton National Park do not react as dramatically to the scent of wolves and grizzly bears. Joel Berger and Sanjay Pyare, working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, suspect that's because Wyoming moose encounter predators less frequently. So Berger suspects wolf and grizzly populations have not fully recovered in the area in and around Yellowstone National Park. Berger hopes the study will prompt more considerations than raw numbers when...
  • A Narrow Escape (Grizzly Bear Attack)

    10/11/2002 4:47:29 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 7 replies · 467+ views
    The Nashua (NH) Telegraph ^ | 08/11/02 | Karen Spiller
    NASHUA – It was a mild Labor Day morning. Longtime friends Nils Wygant and Tom Crosson had just begun a day hike in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. It was a trip they had planned for two years. What they hadn’t planned was a harrowing encounter with a 400-pound grizzly bear. It was a day they’ll never forget, and one that has made Wygant a hero. The two were off trail in the backcountry of Yellowstone. The attack happened shortly after Crosson, a 43-year-old veterinarian from Springfield, Mass., had stepped about 12 feet away from his friend to relieve...