Pilgrim Creek Road

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Posted by Granite Head ( on 08:49:36 06/23/17

In Reply to: 399 in Tetons posted by Txyellfan

Something very interesting has happened along Pilgrim Creek Road this year. Blondie (#793) is a younger grizzly sow that has often been seen in the area over the years, but #399 has OWNED Pilgrim Creek Road.
Last year 399's sole COY was run over and killed at just about this time, so 399 had no reason, such as, the protection from male bears the presence of humans provided, to hang around and was not often seen for the remainder of the summer. Blondie also apparently lost both her 2016 COYs but was seen, at least in early October, on Pilgrim Creek Road.
In the spring of 2017, BOTH 399 and Blondie emerged with two COYs each. On one eventful day, 399 was on one side of the main road, Blondie on the other, creating, I hear, the Mother of All Bear Jams (I still would have loved to have been there). I don't believe there was any direct interaction between the two sows. However, 399 and her babies were subsequently seen around Leek's Marina, some miles north of Pilgrim Creek, while Blondie and her little ones have remained there and have been visible most days in recent weeks. This is Blondie with one standing cub and the other's ears just visible in the flowers, taken June 17.
Everything seemed normal at the time, but since then people have been reporting that Blondie seems lethargic and unwilling to nurse the kids. Apparently one of her nipples may be infected (according to a photograph that I've not seen personally). Hoping that's all it is and that she'll recover. But to give her some peace and reduce the stress, I believe Pilgrim Creek Road has been closed for the time being.

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