Conservation

A homecoming for the grizzly

Print edition : December 08, 2017

A grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) mother with cubs, Glacier National Park, Montana. Photo: Jeff Stetz

Valley habitats are extremely productive for bears, but where there are human settlements with livestock, there could be conflict with grizzlies. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

An adult male grizzly bear, Yellowstone National Park. Photo: John Seidensticker

Present grizzly distribution in the Lower 48 States (that is, all States except Alaska and Hawaii). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Differences between the black bear and the grizzly bear. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rob Wingard, a biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, at the visitor centre of North Cascades National Park on July 7 with the stuffed five-year-old grizzly that was illegally shot in Alaska. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Salmon are a nutrient-rich food source for bears. Here, the Coho (silver) salmon. Photo: Courtesy: Google images

Sockeye (red) salmon. Photo: Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Chinook salmon. Photo: Courtesy: Google images

Diablo lake with the Colonial (2,375 m) and Pyramid (2,189 m) peaks in the background, which are home to mountain goats. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The Skagit river, one of the main salmon and steelhead rivers in the Cascades, a mountain range in the U.S. Pacific north-west. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The North Cascades Ecosystem has granite peaks, alpine meadows, conifer forests and broad-leaved vegetation and sagebrush-filled valleys. Alpine habitats are not only productive for ungulates and bears but are also very scenic. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rosy spirea (Spiraea splendens). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Broadleaf arnica (Arnica latifolia). Photo: AJT Johnsingh

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) was common along the edge of roads. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Fred Koontz, the authors’ trekking companion, dwarfed by old growth trees in the Cascades. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), as photographed on July 15. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Trailing blackberry (Rubus ursinus). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Lake 22, one of the many alpine lakes in the Cascades. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

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