Bears’ Taste for Chicken Sets Up Collision Course
Felicity Barringer | New York Times
Editor's note: Though this story isn't about the Yellowstone grizzly bear, it stands to reason that similar challenges exist in this region. Yellowstone grizzly bears have raided chicken coops in Gardiner, Mont., for instance. The encroachment of human population — and all that comes with it — is why we must pay even more attention to new and secure habitat for the Yellowstone grizzly bear.
WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Longing for fresh eggs, Levi and Nauni Griffith began raising chickens in their backyard. They started with a few, and eventually had 116. Until late last summer, that is, when a grizzly sow and her cub, filling the night with fearful growling, got in among the shrieking chickens and then lumbered off, leaving bits of 99 birds behind.
“There were feathers all over the yard and deep into the forest,” Mr. Griffith said. “And legs,” said his 9-year-old daughter, Arriana, wrinkling her nose.
The few survivors were found in the trees.
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