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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:25:13 09/20/16

In Reply to: John Craighead posted by Dave


With Frank having left us in 2001, it is definitely the end of an era in grizzly research. The legacy of the Craigheads is a great example of how the passage of time, and the process of recording history often becomes more accurate in assessing the contribution of an individual or a group. I remember how they got crosswise with the NPS over differing philosophies on grizzly bear management back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In that era, it was difficult to find NPS people who would openly defend Frank and John. Over time, I have found more and more of those veterans who voice profound respect and admiration for the groundbreaking work of the Craigheads. That legendary battle between the competing worlds of "management" and "research" is widely used as a case study in Wilderness Management and Wilderness Recreation curriculum in the universities with programs in the disciplines.

The progeny of Frank and John are still out there, working diligently on behalf of wildlife. I'm thinking of Karen and Lance in particular.


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