Friday, September 29, 2006
Grizzles sighted near Aspen?
As The Gazette reported today - and Deb reported on this blog yesterday - pair of hunters near Independence Pass sighted what they claimed to be a female grizzly bear and two cubs frolicking in a clearing. They watched the family for a few minutes through binoculars Sept. 20, then contacted the DOW.
DOW has found no evidence of grizz in the area. They say their best bet is putting wildlife specialists on the ground to search fresh bear scat for the tell-tale silver tipped grizzly bear hair. To which I say, ewww.
This won't be the first time a grizz spotting turned out to be "just" another bear.
The last big bear sighted in Colorado was killed in 1979 by an outfitter, but rumors of the possibility of these bears living in isolated places, such as the south San Juan Wilderness area, have persisted, giving rise to books such as "Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado?"
Place your bets in the comment box below. Are there still Grizz in CO? I say no.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 7:11 AM