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Don Shoulderblade, Northern Cheyenne - Goal Spokes

Dr. Chuck Jonkel building an igloo


Laura Simms regaling grade-schoolers

Stories, Myths & Heroes

Louisa Willcox about Personal Stories, Myths & Heroes

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 and experiences.


The bear’s future is up to us and the stories we choose to tell. This section focuses on peoples' personal stories, heroes who are largely unsung, myths about grizzly bears, and accounts of remarkable successes in conservation.


The personal stories under "From Our Readers" were contributed by all sorts of people who have been inspired by the magic of grizzly bears, whether through an encounter, a dream, a movie, or an essay. "Heroes" features people who made singular contributions to grizzly bear conservation. "Success Stories” celebrate efforts that have contributed to people co-existing with grizzlies. “Bear Tales” includes fun stories about grizzlies and links to interesting podcasts. “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.


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