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The Bears are Hungry
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Jody Griffin, with some of her goats that she has raised and enjoys showing and sharing with the 4-H kids.
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Local 4-H leader and retired Rye Elementary teacher, Jody Griffin, is known for raising some of the best, prize-winning, goats in the county. She has had quite a time over her 30 some years of raising goats and trying to keep them from being lunch or dinner for one or two of the many bears and mountain lions that live and roam the nearby canyons adjoining her property in the Greenhorn Valley.

One evening last week she went out to shut off her water and she could hear her dog, Apache, barking. She knew it was a bear or mountain lion he was barking at, not just a deer or turkey or maybe just at the moon, and then she heard one of her goats cry out.

She said, “I ran to the bridge and saw that a bear was attacking one of my goats down by the creek. After I yelled at him he backed off and Apache chased him up the hill a ways. I had Jeremiah Johnson’s phone number on my cell phone (he is the former Game Warden for the area and also keeps horses in Griffen's pasture), so I called him right quick." The new Game Warden, Mike Brown, was with Jeremiah, so they got there very fast.

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