Grizzly Bears, Hunting, Nature, Travel, Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park

Who Will Grizzly Bear Delisting Affect?

delisting affect

Grizzly bears are a divisive topic in the states surrounding Yellowstone National Park – Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. They are a treasured symbol of the wild or a menace to us all, depending on who you ask.

In late June, it was announced that the grizzly bears living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are no longer threatened. The protections that kept them safe from hunting will be lifted. Is this a great success story of the Endangered Species Act, or a premature decision? Again, that depends on who you ask.

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Orcas, San Juan Islands, Travel, Wildlife

To Glimpse the Wild Whale

To Glimpse The Wild Whale

The early-morning sun glinted off of sleek black dorsal fins as they broke through the water’s surface. I sat on the rocky shore beside a lighthouse, watching the trio of orcas travel through Haro Straight. Vancouver Island stood hazy in the distance. Somewhere nearby, a small child squealed “I see them!” Others bounded along craggy rocks to get a better view. Below them, a river otter escaped notice as it slipped silently into the water. All eyes were focused on the ethereal black and white mammals that have captured the world’s imagination over the past several decades.

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