This morning's bear box delivery marks a big milestone in our five-year project to bear-proof all the public campgrounds in Greater Yellowstone.
The 43 bear boxes delivered to Livingston (MT) this morning will be installed in campgrounds in Montana's Custer-Gallatin National Forest in 2018. These boxes will be the first ones we're helping put in in Montana.
And they're among the last ones we're installing in Greater Yellowstone. Next year's work on the Custer-Gallatin is the final year of our five-year, nearly $900,000 partnership with the Forest Service that's installed these bearproof food storage boxes in every campground in Greater Yellowstone. GYC raised and spent $477,500 on this project to keep bears alive and people safe; the Forest Service portion was $400,000.
This bear box partnership is part of our work keeping bears alive in Greater Yellowstone. Bears that get used to human food risk getting into trouble. Too many bears are being killed because they get used to human food, they prey on cows, and they run into hunters. We're trying to end these conflicts. We work every day on the ground to keep bears alive and people safe.
While our partnership with the Forest Service has already bearproofed every single campground from the Montana border down to the southern end of Wyoming's Wind River Range -- home to the highest density of grizzly bears -- we've also:
- Worked with a local landowner and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to install a fence to keep bears out of trouble as they pass through Island Park (ID).
- Worked with the Boy Scouts to install bear boxes and bear-resistant trash containers at a Scout camp in Teton Canyon (ID) that had attracted its share of bears.
A big thank you to the Forest Service and all of our other partners for working with us. And a big thank you to supporters like you who are helping us keep bears alive through these creative partnerships. Thank you for investing in our work!
-- Kristina Martin, Development Director