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  • Grizzly specialist Mike Madel examines a tranquilized grizzly on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. The big male was nicknamed "Maximus" and was, at the time, the largest bear ever captured on the Front.
  • The fact that a bear this big & old hasn't run into conflict with people is testament to the excellent habitat and management of grizzlies on the Front.
  • Maximus is back up and on his way after the examination.
  • Grizzly bears were found in Texas and New Mexico as recently as the late 1800's.
  • Today grizzlies are found in a tiny fraction of their historic range. On Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, they are beginning to move out farther onto the prairie than they have been in a century.
  • The healthy prairie and rich wetlands of Montana's Rocky Mountain Front offer bears a sumptuous banquet.
  • Grizzly birth rates are especially high on the Front, a sign that the habitat is healthy and in tact.
  • Ranchers are helping protect grizzlies on the Front by altering ranch activities to prevent conflicts between bears, humans and livestock.
  • Grizzlies are denning on the prairie again after being almost removed from this traditional range.
  • Bears scramble out of den on the Rocky Mountain Front.
  • Bear biologist Mike Madel investigates a bear den with another researcher and a Karelian bear dog.
  • Bears on the Conservancy's Pine Butte Swamp Preserve, Montana.
  • Grizzly tracks.
Grizzlies Make a Comeback
Montana's Rocky Mountain Front

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