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Old 07-15-2009, 04:52 PM   #46
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Home for the night in Steamboat Springs, Colorado......Rabbit Ears Pass is a Land Mark on the way to Walden, Colorado...The motel is nice....I stayed one night last year and liked the sign...The rooms are ok too....



The Rabbit Ears is where my good friend Jeff and his lovely wife concieved their first child a few years ago


Nice report Billy!
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:18 PM   #47
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The Rabbit Ears is where my good friend Jeff and his lovely wife concieved their first child a few years ago


Nice report Billy!
Small World for sure......What'd they name the child, Peter, Briar, Easter, Cotton?

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Old 07-27-2009, 12:48 PM   #48
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Makes me want to cash in the corporate world and just go ride! But first iI need to hit the lottery!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:42 PM   #49
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Makes me want to cash in the corporate world and just go ride! But first iI need to hit the lottery!
Its not as hard as you think Jim.....If you do it, I promise, I'll go on a ride with you....Might even buy you a beer....
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:29 AM   #50
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Long Live The Bearcat..............

Long Live the Bearcat






For those who've heard of, or been to the Bearcat Lodge in Seneca Oregon, most will agree its a one of a kind place...The combination of beautiful local scenery, great riding, interesting guests and down home hospitality are just a few of the things that make The Bearcat Lodge a great motorcycle destination..

But for most, the single most unique thing about the Lodge are the Bobcats, Big and Bob...They welcome guests and provide an opportunity to see and experience up close one of natures most magnificent animals..Nothing cooler than to sit on the front porch of the lodge drinking a cup of coffee while watching those cats cruise the lawn and checkout the bikes in the mornings....

So when I got the call from JW telling me that Big had to be put down, as a result of being run over on the apron in front of the Lodge, I was shocked...

The details of the actual event are still unclear, but it appears the person who ran her over left the scene..

The injury she suffered was a broken back..Efforts to save her life included flying her to several locations where attempts to stabilize and treat her injuries where not successful.

With JW, Carol, Moxey, Sally and Bob by her side, she was laid to rest at the Lodge....She will forever be remembered as the “Number One Bearcat”

A bronze of Big and Bob was already in the works, and will know doubt grace the front lawn where the Big Cat is buried...


JW and Carol have suffered a great loss, but wanted all that met Big to know about her passing..

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Old 08-18-2009, 10:49 AM   #51
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wow thats to bad... but i did so much enjoy the pics you put on thanks!!!!
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:35 PM   #52
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wow thats to bad... but i did so much enjoy the pics you put on thanks!!!!
You're welcome on the pics....It was my pleasure.....
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:22 AM   #53
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OH NO!!!! I am soooo sorry to read this. JW and Carol, my heart goes out to you as I know how much love was shared between you and your magnificent furry family. Both Gary and I are sorry for you loss.

RIP Big, I will carry you with me in the years to come and am proud that I had the opportunity to meet you.
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Bad week for a couple of my favorite wild animals.... Officials probe killing of giant grizzly on Front

By KARL PUCKETT Tribune Staff Writer August 20, 2009
Authorities are investigating the illegal shooting death of one of Montana's biggest bears, a male that stood more than 7 1/2-feet tall, but never had any reported run-ins with people.
In a separate case, a fatal shooting of another grizzly on the Rocky Mountain Front has been ruled self-defense.

The decaying carcass of the huge bear formally known as No. 4273, and informally referred to as "Maxiumus," was discovered Aug. 12 by a rancher cutting hay along Fish Creek off of Swift Dam Road west of Dupuyer, said Mike Madel, a grizzly bear management specialist for Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
"Someone just indiscriminately shot the bear," Madel said.
He said he was shocked because the bear did not have a history of feeding on livestock and the death came outside of the black bear hunting season. Hunters sometimes mistake grizzlies for black bears.
Madel estimates the 9 1/2-year-old bear had been dead about four weeks at the time of its discovery.
Madel accidentally captured the bear in 2007, when he was trying to snare female grizzlies as part of a population study. The male grizzly turned out to be the second-largest male ever captured by bear managers in Montana, Madel said.
At that time, the bear stood 7 1/2-feet tall, weighed an estimated 765 pounds and had 3 1/2-inch claws shaped like half moons. A remote camera snapped a picture of the same bear in the fall of 2008. At that time, it appeared to have grown to more than 800 pounds, Madel said.
He suspects the large bear was the offspring of grizzly No. 175, another Rocky Mountain Front bear that stands 8 feet tall. That bear, which Madel says probably is still living, is believed to be the largest bear in the state. But the link between the two bears has never been confirmed, Madel said.
The shooting of No. 4273 is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FWP.
In the other case, a rancher used a handgun to shoot and kill a female grizzly July 27, Madel said. The shooting was ruled self-defense because the bear charged the man while he repaired fencing on private property south of U.S. Highway 2, Madel said.
Authorities were unable to capture a cub that was with the female. As a result, the cub has been ruled a mortality because it probably won't survive, Madel said



I became aware of Maximus last year when my friend Michael Forsberg and I were working some camera setups in Montana, photographing bears...Part of the photography field work for "Great Plains" Americas Lingering Wild...A coffee table book, out this month by Michael Forsberg...

We successfully photographed several bears and were privileged and pleased to get a great shot of the Giant...Truly amazing animals....




I think the back wheel in the photo of Big is one of your two bikes......

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OH NO!!!! I am soooo sorry to read this. JW and Carol, my heart goes out to you as I know how much love was shared between you and your magnificent furry family. Both Gary and I are sorry for you loss.

RIP Big, I will carry you with me in the years to come and am proud that I had the opportunity to meet you.

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Old 08-21-2009, 12:18 PM   #55
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sorry to hear about Big. As fast as they are I'm surprised
a car got him. How could you not be relaxed hanging around
the lodge. Guess the risk is high with the all the coming and going
around there.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:19 PM   #56
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sorry to hear about Big. As fast as they are I'm surprised
a car got him. How could you not be relaxed hanging around
the lodge. Guess the risk is high with the all the coming and going
around there.
Actually most of the time its very quiet.....Imagine a town of 123 people on a two lane road in the middle of Eastern Oregon...

I think it was just bad luck..... I look forward to sitting on that porch again some day soon....
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