Felicia and grizzly cub

The female grizzly bear known as Felicia strolls over the highway with the cub Pepper at its heel on Togwotee Pass earlier this spring. On Tuesday the bear and its offspring reunited after a month apart.

The Togwotee Pass grizzly bear sow and cub, nicknamed Felicia and Pepper, have reportedly reunited one month after being separated for an unknown reason. 

Onlookers witnessed the reunion sometime after 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, who has been following the pair.

Jack Bayles, another photographer, confirmed news of the unlikely rejoining of the mother grizzly and orphaned cub, whose visibility along the highway has attracted much attention.

“Felicia has accepted Pepper,” Bayles told the News&Guide this morning. “She has nursed, or has tried to nurse.”

The gender of the cub is unknown. The grizzly duo was visible together through much of the morning, he said.

See the July 17 edition of the News&Guide for a full story.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

(1) comment

sandra monville

Ohhh Happy Day!!! Best news ever! Been praying for little Pepper!! Thank you for covering this huge story. Cant wait to see what the rest of little Peppers life will turn out to be...has a chance now!!!

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