Thanks for Visiting Vital Ground!

From Yellowstone to Glacier National Park, from Wyoming to the Canadian border, the northern Rocky Mountains are vital ground for grizzly bears and other wildlife. You’re visiting the Lower 48’s last remaining stronghold for one of America’s most iconic animals!

Vital Ground protects important chunks of land (known as corridors) that connect the larger forest and mountain areas that grizzlies and countless other species call home. We make sure all living things have room to roam and adapt as the world changes around them.

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As a head start, click here for a quick downloadable bonus: an autographed photo of Vital Ground co-founder Doug Seus and the movie star grizzly Bart the Bear! You’ll get lots more content like this by signing up to be a Vital Ground member.

Griz Quiz + Answers

1. Grizzly bears are: a) carnivores b) omnivores c) herbivores
2. True or false? Grizzlies only live in the Rocky Mountains.
3. A typical grizzly bear family includes: a) Mom and 1-3 cubs b) Mom, Dad and 3-5 cubs c) 2 adults and no cubs
4. True or false? Grizzly & brown bears are the same species.
5. True or false? Grizzlies are the world’s largest bear species.

1) B — grizzlies eat everything from fish and elk meat to berries and roots!
2) False — grizzlies live in many mountain ranges, and some even live beyond North America in Russia, Iran and Slovenia!
3) A — Grizzly mothers usually give birth to 1-3 cubs, who live with Mom for 2-3 years before she gives birth again.
4) True — Ursus arctos is called the grizzly in the Lower 48 but often known as the brown bear in Alaska, Canada and other countries.
5) False — polar bears are slightly larger on average.

Want to learn more about grizzlies and conservation? Keep exploring…

Grizzly cub standing on hind legs
Photo by Robert Scriba