Wounded Grizzly Walking / by Megan Hollingsworth

She who guarded gold

would die

by her terms

in her footsteps

long after

she showed him the tree.

Wounded Grizzly Walking / MOTHER LODE - minding Animas River

This is in solidarity with apex predators, fierce mothers, and all prisoners of judgment.

"The public’s opinion about lethal management of predators is also declining, and scientific evidence shows that stabilizing the populations of wolves, bears, and other apex predators will promote ecological health. It’s time to end the violence."

- ENDING THE WAR / Living With Wolves

Assassinating Mothers and Babes

President Trump has signed law allowing mother bears and wolves and their babes dwelling in Alaskan wildlife refuges to be killed in their dens. Bears and wolves den as part of their own safety instinct. Unfair is a slight word for this motion.

Hunters may be as diverse as any other group. And hunters do not, in my book, include assassins.

Gratitude goes to all who work to ensure peaceful co-existence with apex predators with a special nod of appreciation to subsistence hunters who share prey.

Read Jonathan Turley's opinion on

Inviting North Cascades Grizzly Home

The National Park Service and USFWS released a draft Environmental Impact Statement detailing four options regarding grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades.

Please submit a comment by April 28, 2017 voicing support for grizzly bear revival in the North Cascades through Alternative C: Incremental Restoration.

Suggested comments are available at Friends of North Cascades Grizzly BearPlease use your own voice...words!

Protecting Grizzly in Montana

Along the West Coast, I find grizzly's physical absence and spiritual presence palpable. Living within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is sweet in part because grizzly is here physically. When I travel any distance on foot, I walk well aware that someone could easily kill me if she wanted to. And I walk unarmed, making myself known and trusting my senses. I no more hunt grizzly than she would hunt me. And she has been with me since this witness began in 2012.

Grizzly's protection within the GYE under the Endangered Species Act has been ensured since 1975, the year I was born. That is, possibly, until now since some have deemed GYE grizzly's numbers great enough to justify delisting.

Gold is a harder prospect with grizzly around.

Comment period on USFWS decision to delist Yellowstone grizzly closed May 10, 2016. “Best case scenario” for release of final decision is May 2017. See 'delisting process slowed' by Mike Koshmrl, posted 4.5.2017 at Jackson Hole News & Guide.

In addition to the USFWS motion to delist Yellowstone Grizzly, moving through the Montana legislature is HJ 15, a proposal pushing to delist of all grizzly in Montana: Yellowstone, Glacier and the critically endangered Cabinet Yaak groups. While eradicating grizzly in Montana would do much much more

Grizzly crossing road, Wyoming, USA photo copyright Marcel Huijser

Grizzly crossing road, Wyoming, USA photo copyright Marcel Huijser

There are many reasons to keep grizzly protected, including whitebark pine loss and rapidly changing circumstances that lay bare life's fundamental uncertainties and every body's fragility. 

Grizzly, like all refugees, faces enough manufactured barriers to existence without the threat of killing made child's play with the advent and advancement of guns.

"Right now, hunting carnivores serves
a narrow interest group, a preference for sport
and recreation and trophies that isn't shared
by broader society in Canada and the USA.
Government should not be promoting this
as a way to manage conflicts.

...We're finding this [hunting] does not protect farmers
in any of the ways that have been proposed."

        - Dr. Adrien Treves / Grizzly Beat Podcast


Please read Rick Bass' LA Times Op-Ed 'Don't delist Yellowstone grizzlies'. Also listen to Episode 16/17 of Grizzly Beat Podcast with Dr. Adrien Treves as he reviews research leading to the need for "a complete overhaul of the long-held and untested assumptions about killing carnivores." 

See WildFuturesPeople and Carnivores, and Voices for Biodiversity for additional efforts toward peaceful co-existence with other large predators. 

Wounded Grizzly Walking is written in memory of a grizzly who was shot by a hunter in a gold mining camp, California 1852. The hunter lost the grizzly in the ensuing chase but found a grove of giant sequoia, soon after cut and ravagedWounded Grizzly Walking and the prose below accompany the 10.08.2016 Extinction Witness post, Guarding Yellowstone & Trading Trophies.

See also Mother Lode - minding Animas River