Petition seeks return of grizzly bears to the West
A grizzly bear roams inside Yellowstone National Park, one of the few areas where the species is still found. A coalition of federal agencies known collectively as the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is making efforts to reintroduce the grizzly to its historic range, in forested regions straddling the Arizona-New Mexico border, the Grand Canyon, the Sierra Nevada in California, and parts of Utah and Colorado. Courtesy National Park Service
Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:34 am
Of all the animals that once inhabited the great American West, none was regarded with more respect and fear than the grizzly bear. That was surely owing to his ferocious disposition and huge size, the bears often weighing in between 500 and 1,000 pounds.
Explorers Lewis and Clark, who were apparently the first to observe and write about grizzlies, tell of an encounter in the Rocky Mountains. Their party shot one grizzly ten times, four of the bullets going through the lungs and two through the heart. Even so, the bear lived for 20 minutes, during which time he swam half a mule up a river.
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