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Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Life in the Lower 48

 
 
Life in the Lower 48 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 10, 2022
1. Life in the Lower 48 Marker
Inscription.  
In their thousands of years of existence, grizzlies never faced a competitor as relentless, hostile, and lethal as the American pioneer.

Competition has always been a reality for American grizzlies. They competed with much larger Ice Age carnivores—and avoided being eaten by many of them—right up until most of those carnivores went extinct. Later, they faced competition from black bears and native tribes, whose influence shaped the bounds of their western range.

In their thousands of years of existence, though, grizzlies never faced a competitor as relentless, hostile, and lethal as the American pioneer. Throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries, grizzlies of the Lower 48 were trapped, shot, and poisoned nearly to extinction by western settlers, farmers, and ranchers convinced that the bears posed a significant risk to livestock and human safety.

"Living with animals like grizzly bears… demands that we accommodate these other beings who impose constraints on us, that we find of openness for them…just like we have to do with other people."
— Dr. David Mattson,
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By 1975, when American grizzlies were granted protective status under the Endangered Species Act, only 700-800 bears remained in the Lower 48. Today, they survive only 2% of their former range, all protected territory that intersects the states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington.
 
Erected by The Maryland Zoo.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsEnvironmentNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1975.
 
Location. 39° 19.491′ N, 76° 38.737′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Druid Hill Park. Marker is on Polar Bear Watch west of Buffalo Yard Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Polar Bear Watch, Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Story of Nova and Nita (here, next to this marker); Grizzlies in Polar Bear Territory (a few steps from this marker); Vega's Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Back from the Brink (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Penguin Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); Saving Penguins
Life in the Lower 48 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 10, 2022
2. Life in the Lower 48 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Disaster at Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Help from the Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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