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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

As many of you know, Ralph Maughan's THE WILDLIFE NEWS.COM is a nationally recognized site for all topics regarding Wild America.........Last week Ralph reported on the possibility of Grizzly Bears reinhabitating the Bitteroots-----where they have not been seen forever..............Griz reintroduction into the Bitteroots was all planned and ready to be instituted by the Clinton Administration,,,,,,,,,,,but President Bush and his team put a halt to that upon taking office..........As Ralph states: "If central Idaho is to have bears, the bears will have to walk there"

Rumors of grizzly bears near the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana

By Unconfirmed sightings are increasing, but does this mean real bears or more Ravalli County hysteria?
Officially there are no grizzly bears in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho-Montana or in the ranges to the east until you get about the Snowcrest Range. On the other hand, grizzlies are spreading out as their traditional food sources in or near Yellowstone die off — cutthroat trout, whitebark pine nuts. There is no doubt they are moving north, south, east and west; and this certainly pleases me because everyone I personally know who cares likes grizzly bears.

It is certainly possible one or so has come as far west as the Sapphire Range (on the east side of Bitterroot Valley). It is also highly possible they have not, and reports are mistaken identity. The bears would have to cross some hostile country (attitudinally hostile). Suzi Foss, right-wing Ravalli County Commissioner is sounding the alarm as she did with all the wolves haunting the back alleys of Hamilton (at least until hunting season when none were to be found).

Boulder Creek Canyon. Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Montana. Bitterroot Range. Will grizzlies show up on their own? Copyright Ralph Maughan

Chuck Jonkel, a well known grizzly researcher and advocate does give more credibility to the rumors because he gives them credibility, as least according to a recent article.Central Idaho could support a  large population of grizzly bears, and I hope they will, especially if they promise to chase around cognitively challenged Idaho politicians. Reintroduction to central Idaho, which almost all Wilderness and backcountry, was planned until George W. Bush became President. So if the central Idaho grizzly management area is to have grizzly bears, the bears will have to walk there. In the past, from time to time, one has; but no sign of cubs has ever been found. It is male grizzlies that are the most likely to explore new territory, but females will have to follow if there is to be a recovery.

Perry Backus who writes for the Ravalli Republic has written an article on the rumors. Here it is picked up by the Missoulian. Reports of grizzly bears in Bitterroot Valley increasing, but unverified. Missoulian. By Perry Backus

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