Dr. Chuck Jonkel building an igloo

Heroes & Myths

Louisa Willcox about Heroes and Myths

Founder of Grizzly Times

We are blessed with a wealth of stories about bears and humans and our intertwined lives. Bears are more than cyphers, numbers on radio collars, or subjects of the latest gee-whiz models. They are more than symbols of traits such as resilience, intelligence, and power – or violence and ferocity. They are woven into the fabric of our imaginations.


The bear’s future is up to us and the stories we choose to tell. This section focuses on heroes (mostly unsung), success stories and myths about grizzly bears. “Heroes” include people who made significant contributions to grizzly bear research and/or conservation. “Success stories” celebrate effective efforts to co-exist with grizzlies. “Bear Tales” includes fun stories about the griz, and links to some interesting podcasts. We welcome any suggestions you may have about stories we should add to this section!


“Myths” include stories of our ancient ties to bears. Some, like the “Woman Who Married a Bear,” have been told for thousands of years throughout the northern Hemisphere.


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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