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Coal Mining on Caw Ridge: An Unwanted Legacy

June 1, 2005

Wild Lands Advocate Article 13(3): 14-15, June 2005 by Lara Smandych.

Large numbers of bighorn sheep were killed in this very area by hunters. The sheep had grown accustomed to humans when the McIntyre and Smoky River Coal mines were operational and never thought of running away. It was one of the many lessons learned in the unexpected and unwelcome legacy of surface coal mining in our wild places.

Read the article here: 200506_AR_KW1.pdf

If I were asked to illustrate a scene of utter serenity and peace, I would choose a picture of a mother grizzly wandering across flower-covered slopes with two small cubs gamboling at her heels. This is truly a part of the deep tranquility that is the wilderness hallmark.
- Andy Russell, 1975
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