The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is prime
grizzly and black bear habitat. GYE encompasses
two national parks, portions of six national forests,
three national wildlife refuges, private and state
lands, tribal lands, and Bureau of Land Management
holdings. Its18 million acres (28,315 square miles)
are approximately the same land area as the state
of West Virginia! Many factors determine the long-term
survival of bears in this vast area. They include
proper food sources, open spaces that are free
of human development, diversity of landscapes,
and sound bear management practices.
Climb aboard our virtual bus, look through its
windows into wonderland, and experience
the Bears of Yellowstone. Simply open your mind,
post your questions on the message board, and
see for yourselves how and why Yellowstone National
Park is one of the last remaining strongholds
of the magnificent grizzly bear in the lower 48
states. Truly, this is one field trip that "bears"
a closer look and can save not only a bear's life,
but your own!
sure your students view the Park Orientation Program
The Bears Up
Bear Facts, or Not?
Yogi and Who?
as Hungry as a Bear, or Am I?
Much Room Do Bears Need? Lots and Lots
(Bear IQ test)
The list of bear-related websites
above is undoubtedly incomplete. If you know of
other ones that you would like to share with the
students and educators that participate on our
electronic field trips, please let us know and
so that we might post them. You may write or call
your regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office
for information on bears, as their websites are
unavailable at this time. Thank you!
- Natural History of Bears
- How People Perceive Bears
- Why Bears are Necessary to
the Health of the Ecosystem
- Comparison of Grizzly and
- Bears in Yellowstone National
Park-A Historical Perspective
- Description of Bear Management
History in Yellowstone National Park/Greater
- National Legislation Leading
to the Protection of Endangered Species in General
and the Grizzly Bear in Particular
- How Public Attitudes Toward
Wilderness and the Natural World Have Changed
- Safety in Bear Country
- Factors Affecting/Influencing
the Survival of Bears
- Carrying Capacity