It has just been reported that 2 hunters who are experienced with the visual differences between black and grizzly bears say have seen three grizzly bears near Independence Pass, Colorado.
Grizzlies are thought to be extinct in Colorado, with the last killed in 1979 (even though it was thought to be extinct in the state then).
There has been speculation about grizzlies in state ever since the appearance of the 1979 grizzly in the south San Juan Mountains. I read Ghost Grizzlies by David Petersen, and hoped. Other books about possible Colorado grizzlies have been published.
Colorado Division of Wildlife News Release.
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As comments and the news have developed, I would hope, but I am pretty skeptical if these were grizzly bears.
Here is the latest, this time the Denver Post. “Officials comb hills for grizzly.”
Added Oct. 3. Hibernation will soon end search for possible Colorado grizzlies. Now a dead link.