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WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

Mark Johnston follows in the wake of an intrepid grizzly bear

Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, a four-year-old female grizzly bear swam a remarkable 15 miles across Flathead Lake in the northwest corner of Montana.

Although known to be capable swimmers, grizzly bears don’t often come across lakes as large as Flathead in their territory. At 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is the largest, natural, freshwater lake in the Western United States. In July, the water temperature peaks at about 21ºC, but by early September, autumn’s chill has already begun to set in.

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