Archive for the ‘Bears’ Category

Feds Say Grim Outlook For Yellowstone Whitebark Pine

January 19, 2012

The article is in the November and December issue of Montana Outdoors Magazine…it writes that 70% of the Yellowstone Whitebark Pine is dead…this is from a US Fish and Wildlife Service report…The finger is pointed at the pine bark beetle, climate change is implicated and I see this acknowledgement as a step in the right direction…can I get an amen from the choir…AMEN!
Matt

Survey Of No Careers In Wildlife

November 14, 2011

From what I read there are few to 0 jobs for a college graduate these days…From what I remember that has always been the case in my profession.

I took a class in 1973 from the University of Montana called Biology 100, Survey of Wildlife Careers. The professor, Les Pengelley, said on the first day that “this course is a waste of time.”

Fast forward to last nights news cast a piece was done on satalite radio collars…I was drinking cofee the next morning with a gal from another field…and she rightfully added satalite collars will put “research kids”out of work.

I remembered the days of picking up bear poop and following a grizzly close with a groudtracking yaggi antenae…those days were already scarce, now they are gone.
Matt
PS: Did you know that Sorrel Boots were once made in Canada. Now Viet Nam…a snowboot in a place where it never snows…trivia I found interesting.

Black Bear Killed In Bozeman, Montana

November 8, 2011

I follow bearnews in Bozeman, Montana for for variety of reasons.
Hunters using a bow shot and killed a 150 pound, 2 year old male black bear in the town of Bozeman, Montana. The hunter is fined.
Matt

Iconic Brown Bear Observations

November 5, 2011

I dont know where to begin here…I have had so many brown bear observations the ones included here are a sampling of my brown bear observations.

-a brown bear charged me thinking I was a roosevelt elk, which I watched a herd of at the time, at the last instant the bear pulled off the charge, leaving me standing there with a loaded 400 calibre big bore rifle pointed at the ground.

-I was in knowwhere Alaska when a rare sun shined on an alpine ridgetop so I took a nap in my birthday suit, only to wake up to a large female brown bear followed by a spring cub at about 50 yards feeding my way…so I stayed down on all fours and quietly snuck to the ridge where I ambled down through the Devils Club in my birthday suit, avoiding the female brown bear and her spring cub on a ridge in knowhere Alaska.

-I watched bemusedly as a grizzly, a male, locked in coytus on a female grizzly, snoozed with head on the rump of the female bear. As she grazed, he, perhaps twice her her size and locked in as he napped head on her rump followed her hopping along.
Matt

Iconic Polar Bear Observations

November 4, 2011

I was in the abandoned den of an adult female polar bear and her cub of the year…

I watched a subadult polar bear take an arctic char away fom a Husky sled dog…

I used cracker shells on 6 polar bears in the parking lot of the Northern Studies center…

I watched what looked like a 600 pound polae bear slide on its belly on the pack ice trying to avoid breaking through the ice.
Matt

Iconic Black Bear Sitings

November 2, 2011

Please read these iconic black bear sitings.
13 years ago I watched a piebald black bear walk along the shoreline of the Inside Passage, going to Canoona Creek.

13 years ago I was in an unamed creek and went to a site where a pack of wolves killed a white Moksgomol, Spirit or Kermode bear that I had watched over a 5 year period.

33 years ago I was in Idaho trapping to move a female grizzly from a sheep allottment and had my snare trapsite visited by a large black bear. The bear was bedded down by the cubby and snare and at 20 yards walked away from me growling the entire way.

39 years ago I was sitting in an Appalacian Trail Shelter at Siler’s Bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park watching a cub of the year sqeeze into our shelter as the rest of the crew seemed to sleep and just as the cub was about to drop in a large black bear hit the chain link fence to the trail shelter, failing to get in but growling as the cub squeezed out of the shelter, only to be swatted by the larger bear and the two bears dissapeared into the nearby forest.
Matt

Is Global Warming Threatoning Polar Bears ?

October 18, 2011

This is still being debated.
Matt

By Matthew Daly

A US federal judge has thrown out a key section of an Interior Department rule that declared global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has ruled that the Bush administration did not complete a required environmental review when it said the bear’s designation as threatened in 2008 could not be used as a backdoor way to control greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

The Obama administration agreed a year later, saying that activities outside of the bear’s habitat such as emissions from a power plant could not be controlled using the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that filed a lawsuit over the 2008 rule, said the decision puts the fate of the polar bear back in the hands of the Obama administration and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

“The Obama administration has the chance to do right by the polar bear,” said Kassie Siegel, an attorney for the group. “They need to decide whether the polar bear gets all the protections that other endangered species get, or whether they want to re-adopt a flawed Bush administration decision that exempts greenhouse gases” and other pollutants from the Endangered Species Act.

Sullivan’s decision directs the Interior Department to respond by November 17 with a timetable for when it will complete the required environmental review. Sullivan left an interim 2008 designation intact while the case continues.

In a related decision, Sullivan upheld a decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ban imports of sport-hunted polar bears as trophies. Safari Club International and other US hunting groups had sought permission to allow bear carcasses to be imported from Canada.

The Humane Society of the United States hailed the ruling, which it said rejected “the Orwellian claim that killing polar bears is somehow good for polar bears”.

Jonathan Lovvorn, the group’s senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation, said that just as the United States does not allow importation of tiger skins and baby seal fur, “American conservation law prevents American hunters from bringing home the heads and hides of imperilled polar bears shot in other countries”.

AP

Yellowstone Grizz Population Dips

October 14, 2011

Todays front page of the Bozeman Daily Chronical had an article saying the Yellowstone grizzly population slightly dipped this year.

While I think the grizzly study team has a sharp biologist in Mark Haroldson I feel a strong nod needs to be given to the parameters of a small population and I think the climate change impacts on the Yellowstone Habitats and eventually on the Yellowstone Grizzly are huge…none of this will happen overnight.
Matt

5 Favorite areas To See Bears At

October 1, 2011

My 5 favorite spots for viewing bears. It is very important so go see the bears when the timing is right.
1) Yellowstone-the Lamar Valley, Antelope Creek on Mount Washburn and the Hayden Valley near Trout Creek. Look for bears from mid May to mid-June…Your chance to see wolves is high.

2) Glacier Park on the Garden Wall and from the parking lot of Swiftcurrent with a scope looking up more likely near Iceberg Trail. Bonuses include seeing Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Elk. Go mid May to June 10 or in good huckleberry years in late August to mid-September.

3) Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska. This is a great area for the Alaskan Brown Bear and it is very accessable. I would go in early August when the bugs are down and the salmon numbers have peaked.

4) Princess Royal Island, a fly in in Northwest British Columbia for a Kermode or white, non albino black bearespecially in late summer or very early fall when the Dog Salmon have peaked out. The best viewing for me was along the Canoona River near the Inside Passage to Alaska.

5) Churchhill, Manitoba out from Churchill along the coast for Polar Bears…Arctic Fox and Willow Ptarmigan are bonus wildlife to see near the polar bears.It will be cold but go in late October or early November.
Matt

More On Pine Beetles and Grizzly Bears In the Yellowstone Ecosystem

September 29, 2011

I do not want to use my blog to quibble; especially with friends that I know to be way pro-bear, but I see the presence and activity of the mountain pine beetle, in the Yellowstone Ecosystem a bad thing very related to a changing (getting hotter) climate. I do not see this as happening overnight but I do see this as happening over the next few decades. Lets say some of the whitebark seeds regenerate trees and beetles or blister rust do not get these trees, by the time cones are produced species like the grizzly bear will be shot out by managers or hunters trying to keep hungry bears off of their elk carcasses and out of good smelling hunting camps.
Matt