New billboards counter calls for delisting grizzlies
Save the Yellowstone Grizzly unveiled five billboards this fall featuring the extraordinary grizzly photography of Thomas Mangelsen, Tom Murphy and others, placed along crucial routes through Montana’s griz country.
The billboards, on I-90 just outside of Livingston and along U.S. 89 in Paradise Valley, are intended to counter the narrative that the grizzlies are thriving and ready to be hunted.
Four of the billboards work in tandem to tell a story: Grizzlies are imperiled by climate change and habitat erosion, and adding trophy hunting into the mix will be the death knell for the population. The underlying message is that the West, without this wildest of American species, would be a barren landscape, stripped of its biological magic.
Why Stop the Delisting & Trophy Hunt?
Recognize that grizzly bears are dispersing onto the landscape due to the effects of climate change. “Explorer” bears must be granted the room to roam.
The States are unprepared to manage grizzlies. The 1986 US Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines for nuisance bears are out of date and need to be updated.
Coexistence & Tolerance
Learn to coexist and prepare communities across the West with bear-smart practices and initiatives.
Wildlife Crossing Structures
Wildlife crossing structures are needed across our busy interstates and are critical in order to have connectivity and safe passage.
Secure critical grizzly habitat before it’s too late. Ban bear baiting and trapping. Let grizzlies occupy the 4.6 million acre Bitterroot/Salmon/Selway ecosystem.
Honor the Piikani and other Nation’s Grizzly Bear Treaties and let indigenous wisdom lead the way in recovery.