Keeping bears and people safe

Vital Ground’s partnerships help mitigate grizzly conflicts

Each spring, there's a subset of grizzly bears that act like teenagers cut loose from home for the first time.

With mother bears turning their attention to mating or younger cubs, the two- or three-year old sub-adults start getting ignored and kicked out. Parentless for the first time, these young grizzlies walk into a world of stimuli that they're still learning to interpret. It can be a dangerous time.

It was two of those freewheeling subadult grizzlies that a boater recently filmed swimming across Lake Frances in central Montana, near Valier. It's a cute video, but the lessons behind it are...

 

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