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tamed-out and roaded-up world, we seldom
get close to that wildness, that true rawness.
The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y
Gasset, called it " the savage man. "
This pine-needle bull in his last bed we
theorized was shot and wounded by a poor
marksman from a large camp down the valley.
We heard the shooting opening morning,
rounds fired in rapid succession. The big

whap of a large-bored gun, and a sharp slap
of something smaller. Five, 10, 12 shots. We
cursed those who cannot shoot, who don't
care enough for the elk to make a shot that
counts the first time.
But the bear benefited. We mourned for
an elk that probably died a painful death,
shot perhaps in the gut or hindquarters, but
the elk was not wasted. Nothing is wasted.

		

He fed the bear and the bear fed our wild
souls.
- Tom Reed has been big game hunting in grizzly
country all his life. This essay is adapted from his book,
" Great Wyoming Bear Stories, " Riverbend Publishing,
which is available in the Game and Fish Store.
- Lori Eslick regularly creates illustrations for Wyoming
Wildlife magazine's Wild Country Dispatch column.
More of her work can be seen at eslickart.com.

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Cover
From the director
In this issue
A couple pennies
Mailbag
Opening shot
News
Griz on the Go poster
Ask Game and Fish
Grizzly Glossary
Bruin Challenges
Allure of the grizzly
Grizzly Q&A
Wild Country Dispatch
Backpage
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Wyoming Wildlife magazine - A couple pennies
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Wyoming Wildlife magazine - News
Wyoming Wildlife magazine - Griz on the Go poster
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Wyoming Wildlife magazine - Ask Game and Fish
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