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http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/214694571.html

This is awesome. Last July I reported on being charged on the Bonneville Pass Trail. I have seen a lot of bears in this area over 30 years or so but seeing 3 independent Grizzlies in a very short time period last year at extremely close range and getting charged by one was new.

Considerable numbers of Grizzlies is not new here, sows have been seen regularly right on the shores of Brooks Lake schooling their cubs for some time. Although the Whitebarks in the area are in decline I see Grizz above treeline in the late summer/earliest fall turning rocks over for moths.

I think last year's fire just the other side of the Continental Divide laid the ground for my experience and is probably keeping them concentrated in the Headwaters of the Wind this year where there was already a very dense population.

As awesome as this is I'm mantaining my stance of not delisting until 2015 to see how the Whitebark and other food source dilemnas shake out. Given increased encounters across the region IMO they appear to be adapting quite well but I think just a little more time is reasonable in the event the forecasted crashes do come to pass a little later than expected.

Man, I really wish I'd been able to pull that trip with some of you off last September.


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Trinomial nomenclature? Linnaeus is turning in his grave. Since I KNOW you're not referring to a subspecies....

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Uhm, yeah. That's the name for Silvertips unless something changed recently.

Edit: I just googled it and yeah, still referred as such in just about every result. Ben and I had an argument about this some time back. If you don't think upland Grizzlies are different than coastal Browns you just need to see more of each. Their diets are upside down.


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If you don't think upland Grizzlies are different than coastal Browns you just need to see more of each. Their diets are upside down.


I agree with you there.  2 completely different animals, regardless of how closely related.  Has a lot to do with stress, which goes hand in hand with their diets


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Yeah DC, the grizz presence in the Yellowstone ecosystem seems to be heavy right now.  Ive been seeing a bunch of them, to the point I don't keep track.  Last week, between berry creek and moose basin, I spooked 3 different grizz within a mile of each other, then a forth up by the divide.  They are absolutely everywhere up there north of the trailed canyons in the tetons.  A ton of them in both berry creek and webb canyon.  And twice now recently ive surprised sows with cubs at less than 30 ft solo, and am quite lucky to get out of those situations.

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I saw the article at Headwater News the other day and thought about you hiking in the area, DC.  Stay safe, pal...!!!  And watch out for Travis...

Happy Trails,

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