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Artemis endeavors to get more women in the field and on the water, to support women as leaders in the conservation movement, to ensure the vitality of our lands, waters, and wildlife. Artemis endeavors to change the face of conservation.

Feb 24, 2022

Wildlife biologist Amber Kornak had just started working on a bear study in Montana when she was abruptly attacked by one of her subjects - a large, male grizzly bear. Kornak stopped the attack when she deployed her bear spray, but she had to walk several miles out of the woods before making it to a hospital. The bear had chomped on her skull, and Kornak permanently lost hearing in one ear from the encounter. On this episode of Artemis, we talk about preparation when traveling in the backcountry. No amount of preparation can prevent what happened to Kornak, but being prepared did help ensure she escaped the encounter alive.

3:00 #bearpawproblems - freezer, kitchen table, reading nook, dog turds

7:00 A life/career focused on big-game species 

11:00 Coat color variations in black/grizzly bears

15:00 A grizzly attack

21:00 "Excuse me... I just got attacked by a bear. Could you take me to the hospital?"

26:00 Later meeting the bear that chomped on your skull

28:00 Two cans of bear spray if you're by yourself in bear country & bear spray versus firearms

31:00 "The majority of time black bears run away... but not always."

33:00 Protecting your soft bits

34:00 Bear 399 near Yellowstone

42:00 Staying aware in bear country when you've lost hearing in one ear

43:00 Critter gitter

46:00 Grizzly vs. hunter conflicts over game carcasses 

47:00 Pssst... grizzlies DO climb trees

49:00 ESA-delisting of recovered species 

53:00 The role of hunting pressure in managing human-bear conflicts

59:00 Being afraid vs. being prepared

1:03 Artemis's "Go Confident as an Advocate" course

1:06 Let's hear it for gravity-assisted activities!