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A Different "Night of the Grizzlies": States Poised to Slaughter Yellowstone Grizzlies

This article was published in the fall 2017 issue of Counter Punch Magazine. Counter Punch is a great outfit that places a premium on hard-hitting journalism and regularly publishes Grizzly Times' blogs. Check these guys out and consider subscribing! Last summer witnessed a spate of articles on the “Night of the Grizzlies,” involving the tragic killing by grizzlies of two people in separate incidents on one night 50 years ago in Glacier National Park. While the press amply covered the events (link) and subsequent improvements in human and grizzly bear management by officials in Glacier and Yellowstone, they missed deeper lessons of the tragedy. Most important is the very real possibility of

Becoming Grizzly Bear Food

Photo by Edward Curtiss 1909 I have had my share of close encounters with free-ranging fully-autonomous grizzly bears. I emphasize free-ranging and autonomous to differentiate these run-ins from instances where people who trap bears are up close and intrusively personal with a subjugated, immobilized, sedated, anesthetized grizzly. I have never been much interested in drugging a grizzly as preface to sticking my hand in its mouth, extracting a tooth, tattooing the lip, then pulling out hair, drawing blood, perhaps attaching electrodes, applying an electric current, fitting a bulky radio-collar, affixing a large plastic ear tag, and posing for the concluding dramatic trophy shot—positioned we

Hunting to Scare Grizzlies? NRA-Safari Club Spawn a Red Herring

Kill grizzly bears to make them afraid of humans? This idea has gotten a lot of attention in recent years as one of several justifications for removing endangered species act (ESA) protections for Yellowstone’s grizzlies, turning the bears over to state management, and instituting a sport hunt. The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International (newly joined at the hip) recently submitted affidavits to Montana Federal District Court from members asserting that “hunting would improve public safety by making bears fear humans”—all as part of ploy to intervene in litigation designed to reinstate ESA protections for Yellowstone’s bears. The idea of instilling fear in grizzlies through

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