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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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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Connective arteries between core protected habitat and the political will of humans are the two ingredients that will enable our most human-sensitive carnivores to spread their wings and expand back into their historical haunts..............A radio collared Grizzly traversed his way to the outskirts of Missoula, Montana , the first Griz to go acress the southern border of the northern continental divide in modern times

Radio collar confirms grizzly bear moves in on Missoula fringe for 1st tim

In Kalispell, FWP biologist Rick Mace has been studying the grizzly's collar data. He said Confederated Salish and Kootenai bear wardens caught her on the reservation on Aug. 3, 2011, while trying to capture a different problem bear near Post Creek.She spent most of the next two months in the Mission Mountains and visited the east shore of Flathead Lake.

On Oct. 10, she got caught again raiding an apple orchard on Flathead's east shore. Tribal biologists relocated her to the Jocko River drainage east of St. Ignatius.Then she headed west and crossed U.S. Highway 93 near Arlee. It's uncertain if she used one of the new wildlife under- or overpasses built there in the past few years. Survey cameras in the area recorded a grizzly by one of the underpasses, but the date doesn't match the collar data for when she crossed.

On Oct. 14, 2011, she turned back southeast and crossed the highway again. She followed a power line corridor near Joe's Smoke Ring south toward Missoula and skirted around the Montana Snowbowl ski resort. Then she headed back northeast into the Rattlesnake Wilderness, bagging ridgetops on both sides of Rattlesnake Creek on the 17th.

By the 19th, she was back on the Flathead Indian Reservation north of the Rattlesnake. She denned in the hills above the Jocko River.Shortly after she ended hibernation in the spring of 2012, she slipped off her collar near the den site.

"One of the biggest things we've blown out of the water with these GPS collars is we thought they were elevation migrants," Mace said. "We thought they went down in spring and up in summer. In fact, they're up and down all over the place. There's no change across the season.

"A grizzly can be at the top of McDonald Peak on Monday and down in the reservation valley the next day. They can be at any elevation, any habitat, any time."

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