Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West

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Acknowledgments

This project began as a term paper during my master’s thesis under Dan Flores at the University of Montana. In a seminar class, Dan suggested that someone might write about a little-known attempt to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, which was nearly visible from our classroom. After conducting some preliminary research at Dan’s urging, I realized the subject’s potential given the complexity of the issue and the multitude of ethical and cultural questions it raised. So first and foremost, I owe an immense debt of gratitude to Dan Flores. His supportive advice and guidance throughout the project was heartening, and without his encouragement, I might not have pursued this project past my master’s thesis. Our lengthy conversations about the West and its internal struggles helped me refine my thinking on the subject and develop the narrative arc of the story. Not only was he fully invested in the project from the first term paper through to the final manuscript, but without him, I most likely would have never heard of this forgotten piece of history. Also, when it comes to writing, Dan is a true original whose style is all his own. He encouraged his students to write with a similar freedom, and I hope his influence comes through in my writing.

After piecing a term paper together, I contacted Hank Fischer, a former representative of Defenders of Wildlife who was one of the chief architects of the plan to return grizzlies to the Bitterroots. Hank

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vi
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Abbreviations x
  • Introduction 1
  • 1- Grizzly Americana 17
  • 2- Endangered Species, Environmental Politics, and the American West 45
  • 3- Wolf Recovery Sets the Stage 69
  • 4- The Advent of the Roots Coalition and the Environmental Impact Statement 91
  • 5- Environmental Resistance 115
  • 6- Ethical Controversies and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement 137
  • 7- The Divided West 165
  • 8- Triumph and Collapse 187
  • Conclusion 217
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 265
  • Index 277
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