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Conserving Vital Ground for Grizzlies

Vital Ground Funds 'Bear Aware' Projects in Swan and Blackfoot Valleys


Photo provided by Adam Lieberg

A turkey looks through the electric fence installed by Swan Valley Bear Resources.

Last month's shooting of a male grizzly bear along Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake is just one example of how catastrophic a season it's been for bears in the Northwest.

The drought-stricken region from British Columbia, Canada and throughout the last-remaining grizzly bear strongholds in the northern Rockies brought a plethora of grizzlies and black bears into harm's way as they searched for alternative foods after berries and vegetation dried up earlier than normal.

As a result, bears wandered into communities searching for apples, bird seed and garbage -- any food they could find to st...

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