Rob Wielgus is  a recently retired Associate Professor and Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University. He is an internationally recognized expert in the study of large carnivores. For the last 30 years, Rob has studied population, behavioral, and habitat ecology of large carnivores (such as grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, cougars, lynx) and their prey (such as mountain caribou, mule deer, bighorn sheep).


He is also an expert in the study of the interactions of large carnivores, humans and livestock. His Large Carnivore Lab is renowned in the carnivore research and management community for conducting cutting edge research and management programs. Rob’s research on the effects of hunting male carnivores on population dynamics has won international acclaim.


He has published over 30 peer reviewed scientific papers on field experiments on large carnivores. Rob obtained his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, M.S. at University of Idaho, and B.S at Brandon University.

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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