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Bears Again Paying The Price When People Behave Badly

John Potter wonders aloud: what teaching moment is being squandered as wildlife managers heavy-handedly respond to grizzly bear mother "Felicia" and cubs on Wyoming's Togwotee Pass?

Many federal and state wildlife managers admit they don't like "roadside" bears even though the only reason bruins show up along the roadside is not to have their photos taken but because it's in close proximity to important food—as for mother bears a safer place to keep their cubs out of harm's way from aggressive male griz that will kill cubs. As many say, the conflict on Togwotee Pass, Wyoming is really a people management issue and not one of "managing" bears. This is the terrain John Potter explores this week.

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About John Potter

MoJo cartoonist John Potter, creator of "It's All Relative," is, in his usual day job, a fine artist known for his paintings of western landscapes and wildlife. Raised on and off the Lac du Flambeau (Ojibwe) Indian Reservation in Wisconsin, Potter has art degrees from Utah State University and won awards for his illustration, including being a cartoonist for The Billings Gazette. To see more of Potter's paintings, go to John Potter Studio.
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