Marc Shandro

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The Blackstone Uplands wilderness is a treeless arctic tundra environment that is hundreds of kilometers further south than most tundra areas. This area is a year-round home to Dall's sheep, mountain caribou, grizzly bear and gyrfalcons to name a few. It is also the wintering grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd which migrate here during September and October. Wolves also move to this area in winter, following their food opportunities...We saw recent evidence of bear activity as we meandered toward the summit -- fresh diggings for arctic ground squirrels and moist mounds of berry laden scat. These signs should heighten your awaress. We scanned frequently for the perpetrator. Sure enough as we approached a vantage point along the ridge, we saw him! A big male griz just strolling near the summit a couple hundred meters from us in the mists. We watched in admiration for as long as we could see him and decided that this was as far as we would go. It's such a joy to see wildlife like this -- undisturbed.
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