Ironically, to begin our travels, Burt and I focused on the place where Wahb ended his life.After years of hardship and struggle, Wahb could no longer endure the pain caused by his advanced age and his past wounds.After more than twenty years of fighting other animals, weather, and humans, Wahb concluded that his pain no longer allowed him to defend his territory.He traveled from his home range, centered in the Greybull River Valley, and walked to Death Gulch in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
Although Seton’s tale of Wahb is characterized as fiction, Seton based many of Wahb’s experiences on true grizzly bear stories.
We hoped to learn more about Seton and his imaginary bear by visiting these spots.
Our goal was to grasp a sense of place in relation to Wahb’s story and instill in us a better understanding of the history and legacy of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem.
“They soon learned the boundaries of this unfenced Park,” Seton explained.
“They show a different nature within its sacred limits.