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Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

This article is painful to read. As a graduate student studying Pacific Northwest Trail thru-hikers, it's come to my knowledge that Rick has been picking up hikers and finding them on the trail that he claims is so bad just so that he can lecture them with this phony argument. No tact, an article full of elitism and arrogance.

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Posted by Taylor Cole on 10/22/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

As tempting as it is to call out the hypocrisy of some comments as well as Rick's own presentation of the information, for me it comes back to this: will the continued development and use of the PNT have a positive impact on the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population?

I find one wordy commenters unfounded assertion that it most definitely will suspect at best. My amateur understanding of the science being that almost any regular human activity in core habitat alters bear usage and even reproduction potential. Road density and use inarguably have a greater impact but I have yet to see the evidence supporting condensed human foot traffic as a proliferating force on grizzly populations, no matter what the ecological or political leanings of those people might be. Contrary to that would be anecdotal observations of grizzly populations in the relatively trail dense Bob Marshal (by Montana standards); although clearly not an exact parallel in regards to the particulars of landscape, users, or bear population (and isolation).

But, what the hell do I know?...here's what Jonkel and McMurray actually recommended in 1978, and although recommendations for how to respond to an individual bear encounter grew with more evidence, I'll stick with the rest of their recommendations:

https://pnwtrail.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/1pntgrizbears.pdf

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Posted by T Harp on 10/22/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “XXXTentacion is off the Adams Center's Halloween Lit Party bill

A Google search told me this man's net worth is $200,000. I was glad to see it wasn't in the millions. Who pays to listen to this trash?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/22/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

This is a load of crap. The trail would be a boost to a neglected place in Montana. It could use the impact of a few folks going through. You want to worry about something. How about the major highway going through Bad Rock Canyon to supply faster, ruder outsiders to Glacier National Park to see a Grizz or an Elk etc. Big money has been here for about 15 years now. Hotels are being built, campgrounds have doubled in size, a New bridge and campground to house 100s of motor home spots and cabins just inside the West Glacier entrance. I've not seen a grizz in over 8 years. Where I had hundreds of Elk in my yard in the spring, I've got nothing. All ancient trails have been desimate

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Posted by Patrick Ford on 10/22/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

Rick Basss deceptive cover article reads like Fake News. I urge your editors to seek out the truth from the conservationists at the Pacific Northwest Trail Association [pnt dot org]. And since Rick again describes me as a wilderness destroyer, I urge everyone to read the Rick Bass chapter in my 2011 OSU Press memoir, Pathfinder.

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Posted by Ronald Strickland on 10/22/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

Rick Bass's rambling, deceptive article again portrays me as a wilderness destroyer. But merely repeating lies does not make them true. I urge you to get the facts from the conservationists at the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. And I urge your readers to read the Rick Bass chapter in my 2011 OSU Press memoir, Pathfinder.

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Posted by Ronald Strickland on 10/22/2017 at 8:05 AM

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