By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

Can coexistence keep up with the bears?

Conflict prevention partnerships help grizzlies and people share the land safely


August 19, 2021

People and Carnivores

Black bear with a juvenile outside an exclosure fence around cherry trees.

Grizzly bears are not stationary creatures. With a range that historically stretched from the Pacific Coast across the Great Plains, bears evolved to thrive on many landscapes. Individual grizzlies will traverse habitats from mountain ridgelines to river valleys to prairie grasslands-as long as we don't get in their way.

As they continue to recover from near-extinction in the lower 48 states, grizzlies are gradually returning to their historic range. In 2021 alone, parts of central Idaho, southwestern Wyoming and the central Montana prairie have seen grizzlies for the first time in many dec...

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