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By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

Protecting grizzly country near the Gateways to Glacier


October 15, 2020

Mitch Doherty/Vital Ground Foundation

Glacier National Park's Livingston Range rises above the North Fork of the Flathead Valley as seen from one of Vital Ground's habitat protection project sites in the area.

Grizzly bears are highly intelligent, but as far as we know they can't read maps. When a bear living in Glacier National Park sets out in search of food or a mate, it doesn't know when it crosses the park's invisible boundary.

When it does, it enters a different, more dangerous reality. While Glacier is part of a sprawling wildlands complex including the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Canada's Waterton National Park, it also lies near areas that are rapidly developing. Protecting habitat buffer zones around the Lower 48's largest grizzly population is vital to the long-term conservation goal...

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