Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Ron Cox 

Remembering Jonkel


Ron Cox

A large grizzly bear looks through the trees in Yellowstone.

SEELEY LAKE - Chuck Jonkel recently passed away after a distinguish career of being recognized as one of the leading bear authorities.

More than three decades ago, Jonkel made tracks in the Seeley Lake area as the idea of protecting grizzly bear, including transplanting them to recover their population and enlarge their occupied habitat, was beginning to jell.

In the early 1980s, I remember him making a presentation about the grizzly bear situation to what was then the Seeley-Condon Chamber of Commerce. Several members were concerned that having griz running around our forest would discoura...

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