Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades

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PostSat Jul 02, 2011 10:12 pm » by Evildweeb

Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades


Published: 07/01/11 6:12 pm | Updated: 07/01/11 6:12 pm


Joe Sebille of Mount Vernon took this photo of a grizzly bear on his iPhone in October 2010 while hiking in the Upper Cascade River watershed in the North Cascades, near Marblemount. Federal biologists say it's the first grizzly bear photographed in the North Cascades in about half a century. Photo distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Joe Sebille shot photographs of a grizzly bear on his iPhone while hiking in the North Cascades in October 2010. (Courtesy of Joe Sebille)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a hiker's photo confirms a sighting of a grizzly bear in Washington state's North Cascades for the first time in perhaps half a century.

The agency said Friday a panel of experts identified the grizzly in a photo taken in October by Joe Sebille. The Mount Vernon man says he was hiking near the community of Marblemount when he saw the bear and snapped the cell phone photo.

Friends persuaded him to share the photo with North Cascades National Park officials.

A member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, Becki Heath, says it's a significant event in the recovery of the bear. Fewer than 20 grizzlies are believed to live in Washington's North Cascades. The bears are protected under state and federal law.

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PostSat Jul 02, 2011 10:34 pm » by Slith

Are they not indigenious there, maybe just incognito?

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