Water stop on the long trek into the Pasayten Wilderness – Photo by Scott Fitkin
Grizzly Bear Surveys: Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen prepared, organized, and delivered supplies for back country survey sites to the Hidden Lakes Cabin in the Pasayten Wilderness. This coming week, USFS and NGO staff will lead Wenatchee River Institute course participants in the deployment of hair-snag/camera survey sites in the middle portion of the wilderness. This is part of a continuing interagency effort to gather data on grizzly bear presence in the North Cascades Ecosystem. In addition, these surveys frequently yield detections of other rare carnivores including lynx, wolves, and wolverines. Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen will be assisting with the check and take down of these sites in the late summer and early fall. Many thanks to Officer McCormick for providing horse support for the multi-species back country excursion. We would not have accomplished as much or completed tasks anywhere near as efficiently without help from Troy and his rookie wrangling assistant, Biologist Fortier.