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Old 10-25-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Thanks a lot everyone. This gives me plenty of information to work off of. I was under the impression that the only opportunity to see grizzly bears would be closer to YNP. Is this inaccurate?
Oh yes, way inaccurate! Here's a map of NW MT with the Yaak (top left) indicated, and all the green areas north of the Clark Fork are essentially grizzly territory! Plus they travel, of course. Our place is south of the river across the border in Idaho, with a view of the Scotchman Peaks, and we keep hoping the grizz won't cross the river... But we know it can happen...

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Old 10-25-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Keep in mind they may be cool to see at a distance but a whole different story in your back yard.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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Heck, if you want bears in your yard, buy a place in Montana City! They are out now, and even mountain lions, and bobcats.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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They are spreading further east along the hi-line as well.

Grizzly bears continue to move out onto the plains of Northern Montana | The Wildlife News
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The bears all used to be in the park, but a few years back somebody left the gate open. (just teasing)

The Big Born Mountains (Wyoming Montana border) are about as far East as they go with only an occasional siting of a grizzly, black bear are common.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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The bears all used to be in the park, but a few years back somebody left the gate open. (just teasing)

The Big Born Mountains (Wyoming Montana border) are about as far East as they go with only an occasional siting of a grizzly, black bear are common.
Make that the Big Horn Mountains
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Make that the Big Horn Mountains
Damn phone with auto correct. Gets me almost every post.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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The bears all used to be in the park, but a few years back somebody left the gate open. (just teasing)

The Big Born Mountains (Wyoming Montana border) are about as far East as they go with only an occasional siting of a grizzly, black bear are common.
I've never heard of grizzlies in the Bighorns. Have you seen them there? Nobody on here has mentioned the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. That area has a huge population of grizzlies.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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I've never heard of grizzlies in the Bighorns. Have you seen them there? Nobody on here has mentioned the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. That area has a huge population of grizzlies.
Every now and then, one will wonder over. A couple years ago they uthenized one down by Gillette. When I was in High School, down in the Black Hills, they killed one about a mile from our cabin West of Rochford South Dakota.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Every now and then, one will wonder over. A couple years ago they uthenized one down by Gillette. When I was in High School, down in the Black Hills, they killed one about a mile from our cabin West of Rochford South Dakota.
I hadn't heard about the bear near Gillette. That and the Black Hills were part of the original habitat so I suppose it's not too surprising.

To the OP, have you also considered West Yellowstone? It's a ways from Bozeman but also a pretty town. And you can see grizzlies in town at the Grizzly Discovery Center. It's fun to see the "bear proof" containers that didn't make the grade. They test containers there to see if they are bear proof.
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