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Collegiate Peaks Forum: “Ghost Grizzlies”

May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado?

Presenter Dave Petersen is a Durango‐area author of numerous natural history books and is best known for editing the journals and poetry of the late Edward Abbey. In this free lecture, he’ll be discussing his book, Ghost Grizzlies—Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado?

Dave argues that Colorado is a land of wilderness with the “wild” removed, where the backcountry has been sanitized by the systematic elimination of the wolf and the grizzly bear.

Still, he muses, the San Juan Mountains are “another Yellowstone waiting for permission to happen.” The search for those wild stragglers is the story at the heart of Ghost Grizzlies, which also offers an affectionate and educational look at the San Juans and the distinct and persistent species of bear it spawned and may still support.

About the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series’™ mission is to facilitate the intellectual enrichment of the Upper Arkansas Valley residents and their visitors by sponsoring FREE events featuring nationally recognized persons schooled in philosophy, spirituality, or science and hosting other community discussion activities.

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series™ began in 2003 as a small group of intellectually curious citizens in the Upper Arkansas Valley who determined that their lives could be enhanced by investigating the challenging questions raised by the interrelationship of philosophy, spirituality and science through academic stimulation, related discussions and their ensuing insights. To that end, notable speakers and scholars active in these disciplines would be invited to speak, offer their published works and engage in constructive dialogue.

More Information

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series’ website here.


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Salida, CO 81201 United States
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Collegiate Peaks Forum Series