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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Is this an option?


As you know the extensive fires that consumed the old trees changed the numbers of animals drastically contributing to the formerly few bison herds growing in number.
If one visited in early 80's there was a pronounced difference in animal mix before the grasslands took over as the first stage of the forests reconstituting themselves.

We were in Yellowstone the last two weeks of June and saw a total of 26 bears, 75% of them in the NE area of the park with Tower Roosevelt at the center, most black bear sightings were to the west, and most grizzlies to the south.
I know that is an amazing number of bear, I have been to Yellowstone 5 other times in my life and my lifetime bear sighting total in the park up until this time was 14. A ranger told us that bear sightings were up significantly this year due to the favorable conditions for bear recently. I'm sure it was a once in a lifetime trip, and we will probably never see another bear again. :)

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