Keeping bears and people safe
Vital Ground’s partnerships help mitigate grizzly conflicts
May 30, 2019
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...