Dr. Mattson's
expert testimony

Call or Send an Email to Your Senators and Representative to

Support House Bill H.R. 2532, entitled "Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act," introduced by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) 

In May, 2018, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife held a hearing on the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act, introduced by Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ). The bill would ban trophy hunting and protect grizzlies for their ecological and cultural value. It would also guarantee Native American Tribes a role in conserving and managing grizzlies that are considered sacred by many tribes. Moreover, Tribes have claims to considerable suitable habitat where grizzlies could be recovered.


Our thanks go out to environmental and tribal champion Grijalva, the persistence of key tribal leaders, and the testimony of bear expert Barrie Gilbert!


Dr. David Mattson also submitted expert testimony in support of the bill that you can download here as a pdf.

You can find the bill here: http://bit.ly/2YdDeHy, and see the testimony on Youtube here: https://www.facebook.com/NRDems/videos/2172815872773615/ 

Needless to say, the dark side, including Safari Club and Sportsmen Alliance, wasted no time in taking pot shots: 


































This bill needs as much support in Congress as possible if it is to pass. Please call your Representative and Senators and ask that they support H.R. 2532 "Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act."


Tips for emails/letters/calls

However you choose to contact your legislators, to be effective you must remember the following basics:

  • Make it personal: your own perspective matters!

  • Keep it to one page.

  • State why you care about this issue and why he/she should care too.

  • Say what you want them to do.

  • Add your full name and return address

If you need help finding your Senator's or Representative's contact info, use the links below:


For your Representative's, see: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

For your Senator's, see: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state



Record-Breaking Grizzly Bear Mortality

All of this is happening against a background of unprecedented mortality among Yellowstone's grizzly bears. The figure below shows the cumulative number of known bear deaths for 2018. This trend is shown as a red line, contrasted with trends in cumulative deaths for the previous 5 years. The deaths this year break all records.  This trend foreshadows the slaughter that will happen if Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho ever gain authority over management of grizzly bears in this ecosystem--or anywhere else.

Scientist's Letter
to Governor Mead

Now available online at

Montana Community Access Television

Click here to access & watch

Download a testimony submitted to Congress and a letter sent to WY Gov Mead on the problems of delisting

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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