In Glacier National Park and Throughout the Mountain West, Visitors Find Themselves in Bear Country
This souvenir acrylic fridge magnet shows a common sight in the great national parks of the American mountain West: a bear warning sign. The two outlines on the sign show the two bear species found in the area: to the right is the smaller Black Bear which is found throughout North America and to the right is the larger Grizzly Bear, which is today confined to the Rocky Mountains. Visitors to the region have a mixed relationship with the bears. On the one hand, viewing one of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat in an experience that few observers will ever forget - the sheer size of the great Grizzly is breathtaking and all the moreso when it is not behind zoo walls. On the other hand, the bears raid camps and garbage dumps for food, and can threaten humans when they feel their lives (or, especially, the lives of their cubs) are threatened.
Glacier National Park is a Great Place to View Wildlife in the Native Habitats
Montana's Glacier National Park, located on the Canadian border, is a million acre (4,000 square kilometer) wilderness that is home to numerous wild species. In addition to the two bear species featured on this souvenir fridge magnet, visitors can see mountain goats, wolverine, bighorn sheep, moose, otter, elk, badgers, two species of deer (mule and white tailed) and coyote. Much rarer, but still sometimes spotted are the big cats: the shy Canadian lynx and the beautiful Mountain Lion - North America's largest cat. In the past few decades, the park has also become home to a wolf pack which migrated south from Canada. Bird watchers are also in for treats as the park is home to bald and golden eagles, ospreys, tundra swans and great blue herons.