Lean Times Ahead

Lean Times Ahead (HM2M91)

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N 45° 50.298', W 111° 52.037'

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Indians and Game both Scarce

Today as you travel in Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park you are likely to see mule deer, signs of elk and perhaps a black bear. This terrain was suitable for wildlife but when Lewis and Clark passed here in 1805 and 1806, these potential food sources were scarce.
The day before the Corps of Discovery reached this point Lewis wrote that the lack of game was a problem.
Luckily as they traveled here Clark obtained a bighorn sheep by the river and Lewis and Drouillard shot some elk in the hills during a search for the Shoshone Indians. The lack of large game became a theme during the expedition's attempt to cross the continental divide. It was one of many hardships the Corps faced as they entered the mountains.

"nothing killed today and our fresh meat is out. When we have a plenty of fresh meat I find it impossible to make the men take any care of it, or use it with the least frugality. Tho' I expect that necessity will shortly teach them this art." Meriwether Lewis - July 31st 1805
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HM NumberHM2M91
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Placed ByMontana State Parks
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Date Added Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 432648 N 5076447
Decimal Degrees45.83830000, -111.86728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 50.298', W 111° 52.037'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 50' 17.88" N, 111° 52' 2.2199999999999" W
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