Arrange to Have a Product Tested

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center (GWDC) in West Yellowstone, Montana is currently the only facility approved for testing products for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s (IGBC) bear-resistant products testing program. Anyone wishing to have a product tested through this program is responsible for having the product(s) delivered to the GWDC and also for arranging to either have product(s) returned to them at their expense or arranging for GWDC to keep or dispose of the tested product(s). Click on the link below to view and/or download instructions for submitting a product to be tested.

Products will be tested on a first-come, first-served basis as time and weather permit. Live-bear testing will be conducted between April 1 and September 30. Product submitters who are interested in attending the test in person should advise the GWDC in advance so arrangements can be made.

UPDATE:  We will not be accepting coolers for testing for the remainder of the 2021 season.  Residential refuse carts will be accepted (please speak with Randy Gravatt at the GWDC prior to sending any products to the GWDC) and metal products that are evaluated using a technical evaluation only will also be accepted. 

Please contact Randy Gravatt with questions about what can still be tested between now and September 30, 2021. 

Program Contacts

Testing of Products:  Randy Gravatt (406) 646-7001

Questions Regarding Status of Testing of Products:  Patti Sowka  (406) 544-5307