Magnificent in its own right, the grizzly bear is nature’s barometer of a healthy and complete ecosystem. Because their home ranges cover several hundred square miles, from alpine meadows to valley bottoms, grizzlies are considered an “umbrella” species. Protecting bears and their habitat benefits entire plant and animal communities in some of the wildest, most scenic places left on the continent. Click on any image to see a slide show of other species in bear country.