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Colorado Grizzly

I could see a grizzly or two traveling through and living in CO. Like the previous post I have only seen one mountain lion in a number of years living in and vacationing in CO since 1991. I did see a wolf track in La Garita in 2007. I did read "Ghost Grizzlies" about three year ago and it was interesting.

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I've seen a few in the last 35 yrs

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Colorado Grizzly Bears
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I do run into this same group of out of state hunters every fall who are adamant they've seen wolves in the Gunnison basin. At first I didn't believe them, but after hearing about it from 5 or 6 of them it makes me wonder...

Well one was captured on video tape in northern Colorado a couple years ago. If I recall it was confirmed a wolf.

Life is resilient. I never doubt anything anymore. There has just been too many claims of certain species being extinct only to reappear again somewhere nobody thought it would exist.

I just can't forget that the Grizzly sow that attacked that hunting guide here in Colorado in '79 had given birth to cubs in her lifetime. Some of those cubs certainly survived.

We're also hearing a few more cased of Grizzly/Polar hybreds in the arctic and footage of Polars at night feeding way too far south and inland from their natural habitat too.

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Colorado Grizzly Bears

I saw what I believed to be one just above Deer Ridge Junction in Rocky in 1995 but was told the Park Service had on past occasion put some radio collard animals out to study them. And there is some organization in Estes Park that supposedly has and works with wolves, so I am not surprised.

Now if we could just get a line on a griz in the area!

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Re: Colorado Grizzly Bears

I live here in Colorado, and I've been doing some hunting in the creede area the last few years. Last year I drew an archery tag for Elk in unit 76. One day while hunting I ran into a local of the san luis valley who told me he's been hunting up there all his life. I asked him (knowing of the ghost grizzlies) If he had ever seen what he thought was a grizzly. He told us that his brother had a tag a few years back there in 76. One evening he was cow calling when he heard heavy breathing behind him. He turned to look and saw a very large bear with a hump on it's back just 15 to 20 yards away. The bear apparently had come into his cow calls. The man also told me that this bear had left some tracks in the mud that were 12-13 inches long. This sounds like a grizzly to me, black bears only have hind tracks that get to be 9-10 inches max. The reason I believed the gentlemen was that he was'nt trying to prove anything by telling me this story. He also did'nt strike me as someone trying to prove that their were grizzlies Colorado. When he told me where his brother saw the bear it made since that there could be a grizzly in that drainage. I've hunted all over Colorado, and I've never seen an area that was that remote and vast before. Looking at a map of the area of the sighting spot, it is just a very plausible place for a grizzly to hide out. There are no roads in that area, in fact I'll bet there's at least 20 square miles of no roads and lots of little drainages leading to the one where the bear was. I hunted a flat top mountain adjacent to this drainage. I spent four weekends hunting on this flat top mountain that reached over 12000 feet in elevation. One day while hiking to the far side of this mountain I smelled something really rank. I asked my brother and friend if they smelled it too. Suddenly a bear ran out of the willows in front of us. I did'nt get a good look at the bear but my friend did and he said it was blonde and big. We walked up to where the bear was and found a bid dead elk carcass. Now I know no one else was hunting up on top of this mountain. How did this elk die if a hunter almost assuredly did'nt wound and kill this elk. Personally I believe that elk got ambushed by that bear. I've never heard of a black bear killing a big elk. Sure I've heard of them taking down the small and weak but not one that big. My friend later said he thought it was a grizzly. I just don't know. I do know If I were a grizzly I would love that area. There's next to no people and lots and lots of timberline country to completely disappear in. I'm going back next summer to explore the drainage where the man told me his brother saw the bear.

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Re: Colorado Grizzly Bears

Welcome to BGH forum. It's pretty interesting stuff. There are areas of this state that are still pretty remote. I have no doubts that a very small number of Grizzly bears exists in such remote areas.

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Re: Colorado Grizzly Bears

If she had given birth twice there was also a male that had bred her. Ive seen them in wyoming but wondered if they existed in Colorado.

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Re: Colorado Grizzly Bears

Who knows, maybe the ones that get spotted here from time to time are actually migrating from Yellowstone? Maybe! Seems that of the vast majority of rare reports of Grizzly sighting in Colorado are mostly from the southern part of the state and around the New Mexico/Colorado state lines. I'm sure if migration was happening we'd be hearing of and seeing more bears in southern Wyoming and throughout Colorado. Although, two experienced hunters did report seeing a Grizzly sow and cubs during a bow hunt for elk in late September of '06 near Independence Pass here in Colorado. They were pretty close, claiming to view them through a spotting scope well inside of 100 yards. Their experience as longtime bear hunters was known well enough by Division of Wildlife officials that they deemed the report "worthy of further investigation". Nothing more was found or reported.

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Re: Colorado Grizzly Bears

I live in Conejos County and have hunted here all my life. I saw what we believe to be a griz about 7 years ago while hunting on private land just outside of Manassa. There was 3 of us in the hunting party and we all saw the bear, longer front legs than back, humped shoulders, lighter hair. We had seen bear sign all along the river and prints, big and smaller (cub) in the mud. I have read most of the griz books and know that grizzlies walk with their claws out because they aren't able to retract them, all of the prints had the claws out. We looked at the fresh ones from the bear we saw and they also had claws out. DOW can say what they want but I'm sure they are here. It's kind of like the wolves they say aren't here but have seen several on top of LaManga pass.

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A female grizzly was reported sighted on top of La Manga pass in 2000