We celebrate grizzly bears and their wilderness habitat, share their space with respect and compassion, analyze key decisions, and mobilize public response to decisions affecting bears. Of particular concern are the looming decisions to remove federal endangered species protections (“delist”) for Yellowstone and Glacier ecosystem grizzly bears, which would shift management of bears from the federal government to the anti-carnivore states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, and imperil grizzly bears  from sport hunting and excessive killing. We also aim to elevate recovery of the tiny populations in the Selkirk, Cabinet Yaak and North Cascades ecosystems, restore grizzlies to Idaho's Selway Bitterroot and other suitable habitat, and to promote connectivity between populations. 


We also emphasize the best available science, which lies at the heart of the Endangered Species Act. We also seek to engage the public in a democratic dialogue to sustain our connections with grizzly bears that have long inspired us, and to ensure that grizzly bears will be among us.  

We are concerned that the public process has too long been dominated by a minority who seek to exploit bears and their habitat. We have witnessed first-hand the manipulation of the democratic process over many decades, to benefit the few who hold the reins.


Thus we:


  • Celebrate grizzly bears and their wilderness habitat, through sharing stories of peoples’ experiences with grizzly bears. We only protect those things that we love. We seek to sustain a personal heart connection with grizzly bears and their wild homes.   


  • Provide a running, up to date critique of major policy decisions affecting grizzly bears, and highlight options for citizen engagement. 


  • Share stories of conservation successes, to improve management and co-existence practices.

  • Provide information on the best and most up-to-date science and its implications for conservation.


  • Approach grizzly bear conservation in a multi-scale and comprehensive fashion, recognizing that complex factors, such as biology, economics, politics, social sciences, institutional mandates and constraints, affect grizzly bear management.


  • Practice humility, recognizing that we know but a little, and grizzly bears often surprise us. 


  • Respect the dignity of others and a diversity of opinions.


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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