CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Friends of the Bridger-Teton

Ramping up coexistence efforts south of Yellowstone on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Teton Range
Bear Spray demonstration
Fall Grizzly in Yellowstone -- photo by Tom Mangelsen

Friends of the Bridger-Teton PROJECT BRIEF

During the spring of 2020, a footloose grizzly was documented near Kemmerer, Wyoming, well south of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and just a few-dozen miles due east of Utah’s Uinta Mountains. Our newest partnership in Wyoming doesn’t reach quite that far south, but it will still help grizzlies and people stay safe on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the southeastern portion of Greater Yellowstone.

Through a new Blackrock Ranger District bear safety ambassador, who will educate recreationists, patrol campsites and work with landowners, Friends of the Bridger-Teton are helping build a coexistence ethic in the Cowboy State. That ethic could one day allow grizzlies to roam naturally from Yellowstone onto historic range much farther south in the Rockies.

Friends of the Bridger-Teton

  • Nonprofit partner supporting Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming
  • New bear safety ambassador will educate recreationists, patrol campsites and work with landowners
  • Vital coexistence area south of Yellowstone as grizzlies expand onto historic Wyoming range
  • Position focused on Blackrock Ranger District bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks