SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.
Share your tales of travel & adventure with our step-by-step guide. Upload trail descriptions, photos, video, and more. Get Started
The DAILY DIRT - The nitty and the gritty of outdoor news

Return of the Prairie Grizzly?

Montana's grizzly populations steadily move east to former plains habitat

When most people picture a hulking grizzly, they envision him roaring in a remote mountain canyon, stalking salmon beside an Alaskan river cutting through tundra and willows, or possibly answering questions around the BACKPACKER office. The probably don't envision him (or her) tromping about in the wide open plains of Middle America.

But historically, prairies formed much of the grizzly's former range (Lewis and Clark ran into a few), and it looks like they're trying to go back. This season, both scientists and ranchers have spotted and tracked "unprecedented" numbers of grizzlies moving east into the plains, more than 100 miles from their recent range in the Montana Rockies.

Plains locals—several of whom took the first photos of the colonizing grizzlies—say they aren't quite prepared to deal with encroaching bruins they usually think of as a "mountain problem." The towns of Dupuyer, Choteau, and Fort Benton have seen increased grizzly activity, and wildlife officials are offering  $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the poacher who killed "Maximus," a famous 800-lb. grizzly who frequented the area without incident. 

But these same officials remain optimistic about the future of plains bears.
“Thirty or forty years ago the bears were persecuted when they came out of the mountains,” said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We’ve tried to build tolerance with the people that live, work and recreate with bears,” he explained. “Those things together result in fewer mortalities, which results in more cub production and more bears.”
Prairies offer ideal habitat for grizzlies, and are often full of chokecherries and buffalo berries when the mountains are barren. More grizzlies are apt to learn about the plains from their mothers and continue to expand into this new, fertile territory. One young male nearly made it to the Missouri River by following the protected corridor of canyons along the Teton River. He was only caught after killing a sheep on a farm near the ranching community of Loma, northeast of Great Falls, Mont.

Wildlife managers relocated him to the west side of the Continental Divide near Marias Pass. But the lure of the prairie proved to strong: His last signal was recorded as he was moving north and east towards the grasslands once again.

—Ted Alvarez

Grizzlies on the move, back to wide-open prairies (NewWest)

Image Credit: Elizabeth Ayers

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
cheap jerseys for sale
Mar 21, 2014

http://www.onlinegmsale.com/NHL-Jerseys-c96.html Stadium Series NHL Jersey cheap,
blackhawks jersey sell http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Chicago-Blackhawks-Jerseys-s388.html ,
cheap china jersey wholesale http://www.onlinegmsale.com ,
cheap nba jerseys http://www.onlinegmsale.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77.html,
Warriors jersey cheap http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Golden-State-Warriors-Jerseys-s514.html,
pacers jersey for cheap http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Indiana-Pacers-Jerseys-s452.html,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Soccer-Jerseys-c118.html soccer jerseys for sale,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/2014-World-Cup-Soccer-Jerseys-s752.html 2014 world cup jersey cheap,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124.html throwback nfl jersey cheap,
sale mlb jerseys cheap http://www.onlinegmsale.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94.html ,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/2014-NBA-All-Star-Jerseys-s753.html 2014 nba all star jerseys cheap,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Miami-Heat-Jerseys-s400.html heat nickname jersey,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/Los-Angeles-Dodgers-Jerseys-s425.html cheap dodgers jersey 2014 new,
http://www.onlinegmsale.com/New-York-Mets-Jerseys-s367.html new york mets camo jersey

Star Star Star Star Star
www.jerseycaptain.com
Mar 30, 2013

Our professional http://www.jerseycaptain.com elite nike nfl jerseys sale. All our jerseys are high quality,our service is best on the market.
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/San-Francisco-49ers-s644 nike 49ers nfl Jerseys
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94 cool base MLB Jerseys
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77 Revolution 30 Swingman NBA Jerseys
elite game limited light out nfl jerseys
You will be satisfied with our service and our jerseys quality. Quickly shipping.
http://www.jerseycaptain.com

Star Star Star Star Star
www.jersey2shop.com
Mar 28, 2013

Nike nfl jerseys http://www.jersey2shop.com whole sale nfl jerseys. elite game limited light out nfl jerseys
http://www.jersey2shop.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124 nike nfl Jerseys
http://www.jersey2shop.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94 cool base MLB Jerseys
http://www.jersey2shop.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77 Revolution 30 Swingman NBA Jerseys
bcs patch ncaa jerseys http://www.jersey2shop.com
You will be satisfied with our service and our jerseys quality. Quickly shipping.

Star Star Star Star Star
http://www.yourjerseyhome.com
Mar 16, 2013

our jerseys shop http://www.yourjerseyhome.com Nike San Francisco 49ers jerseys,Nike Baltimore Ravens Jerseys and best servise. http://www.yourjerseyhome.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124.html Nike NFL Jerseys http://www.yourjerseyhome.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94.html cool base mlb jerseys
http://www.yourjerseyhome.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77.html Revolution 30 nba jerseys
http://www.yourjerseyhome.com/NFL-T-Shirt-c126.html wholesale NFL T-Shirt,
http://www.jerseycaptain.com http://www.jersey2shop.com

Star Star Star Star Star
http://www.3cjerseys.com
Feb 16, 2013

cheap convenient and creditworthy is our service tenet . In our site ,we provide all kinds of cheap nfl jerseys , just as nfl jerseys , NBA jerseys, NHL jerseys , NCAA jersey, Football jerseys , the new era hats , we also provide jerseys customized service . All the products in our website are from china with wholesale price , so you can buy cheap products wiht high quality ! Now ,you can choose different payment in our website ,just as paypal , western union and VISA credit card . more information please visit http://www.3cjerseys.com
http://www.21elitenfljerseys.com

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
White Collar Blues
Posted On: Jul 24, 2014
Submitted By: Roscue2
The Political Arena
Bad Year for Air Travel
Posted On: Jul 24, 2014
Submitted By: Ecocentric
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions