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#Grizzly Bears

Instead of feeding on whitebark pine nuts and army cutworm moths in the alpine country, grizzlies are beginning to stay low in Montana’s Mission Valley throughout summer and into fall gorging themselves on the abundant crops planted at the base of the mountains. Courtesy Bryce Andrews

Grizzlies in August

By Bryce Andrews   |   Jul 3, 2019 July 3, 2019

This was the rule of late summer in Montana’s Mission Valley: During the day, the landscape belonged to humans. Tractors worked the fields, and children played carefree in the yards. People swam in shady eddies and picnicked beside the creeks. At night, the bears came out. Stretching in the cooling… Read More

Photo: Greg Von Doersten

Judge Ends Grizzly Hunts with Ruling That’s Bigger Than Bears

By Todd Wilkinson   |   Sep 27, 2018 September 27, 2018

So far in this young century, few wildlife conservation issues have galvanized more Americans than whether or not Western state governments ought to allow grizzly bears to be hunted again. On Monday, September 24, 2018, U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen in Missoula, Montana, resolved the matter for the foreseeable… Read More

Photo: Fredrik Marmsater

A Park on the Run

By Kt Miller   |   Mar 23, 2017 March 23, 2017

I woke in a daze and waddled, still in my sleeping bag, bottom unzipped, feet out, toward the camp kitchen to greet the team. The morning was brisk and we’d gone light on clothes to save weight. My hands snuck out to grasp a cup of hot coffee. Two bull… Read More

Photo: Florian Schulz

Yvon Chouinard: Save the Yellowstone Grizzly

By Patagonia   |   Sep 15, 2016 September 15, 2016

In the wake of the decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the grizzly, the three states around Yellowstone have announced their intentions to sponsor trophy hunting of the bear. Opponents say that the effects of climate change on food sources, in addition to their famously slow reproductive… Read More

Photo: Emily Gribble

Under Pressure

By Patagonia   |   Mar 6, 2017 March 6, 2017

The National Park Service describes Yellowstone as a “mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.” Despite Yellowstone’s gift of refuge to recovering species, two species… Read More

Photo: Joe Riis

Tracking Gobi Grizzlies

By Doug Chadwick   |   Dec 8, 2016 December 8, 2016

Today, we’re happy to share an excerpt from Douglas Chadwick’s new book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond, published by Patagonia Books. The following story appears in chapter nine, Big Bawa. We set out later in the morning in two vans, one to… Read More

Photo: Steven Gnam

Taking Bearings on Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting

By Louisa Willcox   |   Mar 4, 2016 March 4, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced its plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Yellowstone grizzly bear. Patagonia along with many other environmental NGOs and citizens are taking a stand against this ruling and demanding continued protections for this iconic population of grizzly bears… Read More