The bear necessities

Grizzly bears are majestic, awe-inspiring symbols of the wild. They’ve come back from the brink of extinction in Greater Yellowstone. We have 700-odd bears in the ecosystem, which is a real success for the Endangered Species Act. Our goal is to keep Yellowstone grizzlies alive and wild. This post is our clearinghouse for all the great work we're doing to that end.

Here's our top three of the top 10 things we've done to keep bears alive:

Keeping bears wild and people safe. GYC Wyoming Conservation Associate Jenny DeSarro helps install bear boxes in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest in 2015. (Photo GYC.)

Keeping bears wild and people safe. GYC Wyoming Conservation Associate Jenny DeSarro helps install bear boxes in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest in 2015. (Photo GYC.)

1. Bearproofed more than 100 campgrounds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We’re keeping people safe and bears wild by partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to install bear-safe bins in all 164 campgrounds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We covered 103 campgrounds as of last season. Just a few dozen more to go!

2. We’re keeping grizzlies away from livestock in critical connection areas in Montana. Range rider programs in the Centennial Valley (west of the park) and in the Tom Miner Basin (north of the park) keeps cows grouped together, so they’re less vulnerable to a grizzly coming in for a meal.

3. We protected nearly 1 million acres of grizzly bear habitat when we convinced the Forest Service to keep drill pads off these lands in the Shoshone National Forest east of Yellowstone.

Read more on what we're doing to keep bears alive, both on the ground and as powerful advocates:

GYC weighs in on bear delisting

GYC bearproofs Wyoming scout camp

Chronicle column: Let's hold off on hunting bears

Chronicle column: Can we live with grizzlies?

Thank you for all you do for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and for the wild grizzlies that live here.

-- GYC staff