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Bear Tales

The Story of 399

By Tom Mangelsen, Todd Wilkinson, Lyn Dalebout, and Louisa Willcox

Here we feature one special bear, Grizzly 399, who, along with her cubs and grandcubs in Grand Teton Park, has become a favorite among families from around the world in recent years. Grizzly 399 is now 21 years old, which is old for a wild grizzly. In sharing some stories of members of her clan, we point to the need to do more to co-exist peaceably with these generous grizzlies.

The celebrity grizzly bears of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are the highlight of many family vacations, Grizzly 399, her cubs and grandcubs are, for many, a key focus of attention and affection. 

Piikani Nation Treaty



Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the biology and ecology of grizzly bears. Authored by world-renowned bear biologist Dr. David Mattson, this site summarizes and synthesizes in beautiful graphic form the science of grizzly bears.


Find out how much Native Americans care about the grizzly bear, with a Grizzly Treaty that has been signed by more than 270 tribes, as well as numerous traditional societies and leaders. The document has become a symbol of international unity in defense of sovereignty, spiritual and religious protection, and treaty rights. 


For an in depth and comprehensive look at the ecology and demography of grizzly bears in the northern US Rocky Mountains, along with all the research relevant to conservation of these bears, see Mostly Natural History of the Northern Rocky Mountains.


GOAL is a coalition of nearly 50 tribes  (and counting) who object to the federal and state plans to delist grizzly bears prematurely and allow trophy

hunting of this sacred being.

GOAL advocates for the tribes'

legal right to meaningful consultation and also for the reconection of tribal peoples to their traditional homelands

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