To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. -Theodore Roosevelt

Grizzly Bears of Montana – Second Edition



Montana is bear country, with the grizzly bear being the official state animal. Grizzly bears in Montana are an iconic native species with high value to people and cultures across the state and around the world, and they play important roles in Montana ecosystems and economies. Today, Montana has the largest remaining grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.

Boone and Crockett Club has partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to produce an updated second edition of the popular educators resource, Grizzly Bears of Montana. This new edition includes six fully illustrated chapters covering:

  • Conservation History of the Grizzly Bear
  • Meet the Bears
  • Where the Grizzlies Roam: Habitat and Range
  • Seasons of the Bear
  • The Science of Grizzly Bear Management
  • Reducing Grizzly Bear Conflict

Plus an indepth reference section that includes a glossary, bear curricula and resources, plus 5 educational puzzles with answers keys.

In the foreword, retired MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks biologist Keith Aune states...

Over the past decades, grizzly and black bear research in western Montana has been incredibly important for revealing the needs of grizzly bears and raising hard questions about how humans can live alongside them. I am convinced that by applying new knowledge acquired through long-term research and nurturing the human will to live with bears will guarantee their future. Unfortunately, good science alone cannot cultivate the human will to live with bears. We need effective information translators who can share the latest science with society and educate humans about the needs of wild bears while explaining best practices for living with them. As a wildlife research scientist, I am certain that our historic failure to transfer good science to societies and cultures has been a great weakness of modern conservation. I have come to believe only a well-educated society will give social license to wildlife managers who must make difficult resource decisions affecting bears, bear habitat, and people. In addition, a lack of understanding about bear science was not inspiring or enabling our society to make critical personal changes in behaviors to live together with wild bears. To increase public understanding of bears and acquire proper social license to better manage them, we need good educational resources that translate the best science into a format that is digestible for public consumption. I am convinced that “Grizzly Bears in Montana: A Resource Guide for Educators” will help meet that important conservation need. 

This book is currently available as a FREE PDF download. If you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact B&C's Conservation Education Program with your request. 

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