Interactive Map: Click the light green areas to identify recovery zones. Click the red bubbles to identify projects.
The 2,600-square-mile Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem encompasses the Cabinet and Purcell mountain ranges in northwestern Montana and northern Idaho. According to 2013 information provided by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, only 45 bears survive in the ecosystem, and even this small population is divided. About 20 to 30 bears live in the northern part of the ecosystem, which is contiguous with grizzly habitat in Canada. Yet the 10 to 15 grizzlies remaining in the Cabinets are apparently isolated south of the Kootenai River (Servheen 2006). Increasing development, highway traffic and a major railway with more than 40 trains a day fragment the ecosystem and exacerbate the challenges facing these few bears. To date, Vital Ground has helped protect more than 2,000 acres in the region. Learn about Vital Ground’s Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative.