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RB, a grizzly that had triplets


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Mar 2, 2001
ID - Boundary County
Just goes to show that the good die young!

One of the most talked about and photographed grizzly
bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, bear No.104, was
killed early May 14 when it was struck by a vehicle on U.S.
Highway 14-16-20 west of Cody.

A vehicle, driven by an employee of a National Park
Service concessionaire collided with bear No.104 at
approximately 1 a.m., as she crossed the bridge over the
North Fork of the Shoshone River near Pahaska. The
driver was not injured. The accident was first reported to
the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and then forwarded to the
Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

According to Grizzly Bear Conflict Biologist Mark Bruscino,
it is not unusual for grizzly bears to be active during the
early morning hours; in fact, Bruscino said that grizzlies are
mostly active from dusk to dawn.

Bear No.104 had a reputation among local Cody wildlife
enthusiasts as being a "good" bear. She was trapped and
moved several times during her lifetime because she was
too comfortable around people. Her movement patterns
often included the Middle Fork and Upper North Fork of the
Shoshone River, the area around the East Entrance of
Yellowstone National Park.

Bruscino said that she lived to be 19 years old and had
one yearling cub with her when she died. She was first
trapped as a research bear in 1984 on Crow Creek when
she was two years old. At four, she produced a litter of two
cubs. At seven, she had triplets and at 10 she again
produced twins, one of which was often observed as being
notably larger than the other. Ironically, the smaller cub also
died in a vehicle collision in 1994. Later that same year
No.104's radio collar failed, presumably due to expended

No confirmed sightings of No.104 were made after 1994.
"Most of us assumed that she had died, so it was quite a
surprise when we saw the dead bear's ear-tags," said
Bruscino. Bruscino plans to use No.104 for education
purposes. "Given the popularity of 104, I think it is only righ
In 95 or 96 in the same area, by Pahaska, we saw a griz with a set of triplets. This was just west of the East Entrance a mile or two. Tried to get some pics of her but was pretty far away. If I can find my pics of her I will scan them for you.
what a story! What also about the vehicle that hits a bear! has to be worse than hitting a cow right? THANK you WD

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