Our Mission

Save the Yellowstone Grizzly fights for the survival of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.


Protect the grizzly’s status as threatened under federal law.


Promote the use of climate change science in planning and conservation strategies.


Facilitate connectivity between grizzly populations.


Transform state and federal bear management policies to reflect a more Indigenous perspective.

Collaborate on efforts that promote bear-friendly communities.

Educate those who live and recreate in grizzly country on how to share the landscape.

Return of the Grizzly

Narrated by Jeff Bridges
Original score by Bill Payne

Save the Yellowstone Grizzly is proud to announce the recent premiere of our newest film, Return of the Grizzly. The 37-minute documentary follows the path and challenges of the “explorer bear,” the pioneering young males that come from small, isolated core populations. The grizzly needs to explore and pioneer new habitats to spread its gene pool, and its long journeys are increasingly driven by the ravages of climate change.

What can you do?

Contact Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and urge her to uphold ESA protections for grizzlies. Points to stress:

The need to factor in the reality of climate change, and the subsequent loss of food sources and habitat, in all wildlife decisions;


The importance of considering Indigenous wisdom and viewpoints, and of including Native American voices in environmental policy;


The imperative to stop the states from ignoring federal legal protections when deciding to kill explorer bears. Without connectivity to other populations, the Yellowstone grizzlies are on borrowed time. There must be tolerance for explorer bears to roam.

The Status of Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears living south of Canada currently are protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. However, despite the pressures of climate change, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with the state governments of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, has repeatedly pushed to remove these protections, and establish a trophy hunting season.

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Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue our mission of protecting these iconic bears in the lower 48 states.

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Current Projects

Billboard Project

Save the Yellowstone Grizzly unveiled five billboards in the fall of 2023 featuring the extraordinary grizzly photography of Thomas Mangelsen, Tom Murphy and others, placed along crucial routes through Montana’s griz country.

Bear Friendly Communities

We produce an ongoing series of road shows throughout the Northern Rockies depicting the work we are doing to protect grizzlies. We also partner with organizations to promote awareness and best practices.

Bear Management Transformation

We are working to encourage bear management practices that value the lives of individual grizzlies, so that people living and recreating in grizzly country are able to safely engage with bears when they encounter them in the wild.