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By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors Columnist 

A sign that spring is here


March 24, 2021

It must be spring. The first grizzly bear of the year has emerged from hibernation in Yellowstone Park. I’m sure I ran into his relatives years ago.

Grizzlies, more than any other animal, are a hallmark of wild country to me. I love knowing there’s still a critter out there that just might stalk and eat me.

The first grizzly I saw in the park was at a distance. He was ambling through the sagebrush while I watched from the relative safety of a stand of trees a couple of hundred yards away. It was dusk and I was a mile from the trailhead. By the time I reached the truck it was dark and th...

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