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By Johnathan Hettinger
Montana Free Press 

Recovered to death?


August 6, 2020

Montana Free Press

A mother grizzly and her cubs.

Brad Orsted normally avoids naming bears, but Nervous Nelly wasn't an ordinary bear.

Over the past decade, dozens of grizzlies, like Nelly, have headed each fall to the fields of private ranches in the Tom Miner Basin in Montana's Gallatin Range, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

In the fall of 2015, logging trucks were traversing the ranches, and most of the bears that congregated in t...

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