Partnership position advances bear education in southwest Montana

by Marina Richie The grizzly rolls toward five people pointing training (inert) bear spray canisters at the bear. They press their triggers down for two full seconds, while onlookers cheer them on. Danielle Oyler is pleased. “Most people follow directions and spray the two seconds and then stop,” she says. “Some do discharge the whole […]

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Information Media

PRINTED MEDIA “What You Should Know About Bear Spray” Brochure-Print your own The IGBC Bear Spray Brochure “What You Should Know About Bear Spray” was revised and reprinted in 2018. To print professional copies If you would like to have a larger run of copies printed professionally, download the PDF/template below and to send it […]

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Information, Education & Outreach Subcommittee

Information, Education & Outreach (IEO) Subcommittee Kim Annis (chair) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Lori Roberts (vice-chair) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dillon Tabish Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Denise Schultz North Cascades National Park Laurie Wolf Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Amy Baumer Salmon-Challis National Forest Ecosystem IEO Chairs and their working groups Northern […]

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Bear Safety

How to Avoid Grizzly Bears While seeing a bear is a memorable experience, your safety and the survival of bears depends on you keeping your distance! Before you head into bear country, take time to learn about bears and how best to avoid them. Before you go: Check with the local forest, park, or game and […]

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For Young People

Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting? Photo by Shawn Stewart Grizzly Population Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12 Ready for Downloading Written by IGBC Executive Committee In spring 2014, Bear Trust International (BTI) completed a new science-based conservation education lesson plan titled, “Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?” The lesson plan is available for free on the BTI […]

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Information & Education Grants

IGBC Information and Education Grants The IGBC has awarded $36,000 each year since 2007 to the grizzly bear recovery ecosystems to fund Information and Education (I&E) projects that promote grizzly bear habitat and recovery. The deadline to apply for 2020 grants is Nov. 1, 2019. ADDENDUM to 2020 I&E Request for Proposals 2020 IGBC I&E […]

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Characteristics

Grizzly Bear Characteristics Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) have concave faces, a distinctive hump on their shoulders, and long claws about two to four inches long. Both the hump and the claws are traits associated with a grizzly bear’s exceptional digging ability. Grizzlies are often dark brown, but can vary from blonde to nearly black. […]

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Habitat

What do grizzly bears eat? The grizzly bear, like its cousin the black bear, is omnivorous, meaning it will eat plants, as well as insects and other animals. Scavengers by nature, grizzlies spend most of their waking hours searching for food. Forbs, roots, tubers, grasses, berries and other vegetation, and insects comprise most of the […]

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