Resources & Updates

Saving the Grizzly from Delisting … Again
Saving the Grizzly from Delisting … Again

2024 is shaping up to be a critical year for grizzly bears and the isolated landscapes they call home: As climate change heralds in an unprecedentedly dry winter in the Northern Rockies, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is preparing to announce a delisting plan for grizzlies in February, removing the protections of the Endangered Species Act. State officials in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho are eagerly planning for the prospect of a trophy hunting season. 

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STYG Legal Update 🐻 8.25.23
STYG Legal Update 🐻 8.25.23

To STYG’s deeply appreciated and essential supporters,
After speaking with our attorneys, I’ve put together a brief update on our legal action regarding the killing of an Idaho grizzly cub by state officials in November of last year. The cub’s mother and sibling had been killed shortly before this with permission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), with zero evidence that any of them posed any form of threat to the people or properties they visited. The legal Complaint of Save the Yellowstone Grizzly against defendants USFWS and state officials the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) was filed on August 14th. Here’s what’s at stake.

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Return of the Grizzly
Return of the Grizzly

Our new film The Return of the Grizzly is about the novel ground zero initiatives underway to save the species, including a planned system of under- and overpasses designed to give “that male bear, that explorer bear, that innovative bear, the bear with culture and genes for linkage,” the opportunity to connect isolated populations before they are all “snuffed out, traits lost.” (Barry Gilbert).

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Etiquette in Grizzly Country
Etiquette in Grizzly Country

Westward Expansion saw grizzlies mindlessly exterminated with no regard to the bear’s relationship to life or land. Today, in the contiguous United States, their population has “recovered” to roughly 2% of their historic population. This population remains confined to a mere 1% of their natural range. Now, they exist primarily within the protections of national park boundaries and the wilderness areas that surround them.

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Explorer Bears
Explorer Bears

Explorer grizzly bears, essential for connecting bear populations, are dispersing to the edge of their ecosystems due to climate change. They are being harassed and killed at an alarming record setting rate. The bears must be shown tolerance–especially by the Federal Wildlife Service–and given “room to roam” in their new habitats. If removal from the endangered species list is dependent upon connectivity, then killing explorer bears will forever keep grizzly populations separated and unrecovered.

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