Green Kids has been closely following the story of Felicia a grizzly bear with two baby cubs or coys (Cubs of the Year). She lives in Togwotee Pass in Wyoming. This bear is a beautiful mom that has done absolutely nothing wrong other than live on a highway road where people have stopped to photograph and admire her. According to the Wyoming Fish & Game this has created a safety issue. So they have hazed her - this is a method used to remove bears from areas to ensure she does not return or she will be either euthanized or relocated (see article).
Also this link has some additional information on the situation. Lots of detail!
Photo courtesy by Marilyn Rodman
March Update 2022
Idaho Governor Little has submitted a petition to the US Fish & Wildlife to remove grizzly bears in the Lower 48 US from the Endangered Species act as has Wyoming and Montana (see https://www.eastidahonews.com/2022/03/little-petitions-to-have-grizzly-bears-removed-from-endangered-species-act/
The triple bad environmental leadership we have in our states. All three of the governors are allowing wolf hunting, and now requesting to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species act. These 3 governors have shown that as a state they are not capable of properly managing wolves so why should anyone listen to them regarding grizzly bears. Jurisdiction needs to be given back to the Federal government and removed from the states.
Bear Proof Garbage Cans May be a Requirement in Jackson, Wyoming!
Grizzly 399 is sleeping with her babies right now (at least we believe she is). She normally comes out of hibernation around the end of April or maybe even as early as end of March. This year will be different since she will be moving her 4 cubs on to go on their own. Grizzly 399 has done an amazing job taking care of 4 cubs and making sure they survive to be able to go out on their own. She is amazing! But last year she started getting into some trouble as she found herself around people eating foods people have been leaving out. Part of the problem are garbage cans that are not bear proof. Last week, the Jackson City Council had a meeting and it looks like a requirement may go in for residents to use bear proof containers. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers said! If this is done - it will save many bears from becoming habituated and possibly euthanized.
The Real Grizzly 399 and her 4 Cubs
Right before the holidays, our friends with Grizzly Times held a webinair discussing the impacts and life of Grizzly 399. I think for our newsletter today, it would be most fitting to post the link - and I hope you can watch this. The presentation includes grizzly bear experts David Mattson, and Louisa Wilcox with world-renowned wildlife photographer, Thomas Mangelsen. There is also a guest presenter of Jane Goodall with her words of wisdom to save these iconic animals. If you can click here to view this excellent discussion.
Grizzly 399 is in Hibernation.
There have been a number of grizzly bears euthanized in the Greater Yellowstone area. Unfortunately, Grizzly 399's daughter, 610 has lost both of her sons. This is because the National Park and other wildlife officials have determined that they have turned into problem bears due to habituation. We hope that we don't continue losing bears because of the irresponsible behavior of people leaving food in unsecured areas - see article.
Also before I published this newsletter - I found out that there is a petition going around asking for bear proof garbage be required in areas where people closely live to grizzly bears in the Teton County area - please sign this petition and share it!
Grizzly 399 and her 4 Cubs (illustration from our newest book yet to be released)
Grizzly 399 is sleeping with her babies right now (at least we believe she is). She normally comes out of hibernation around the end of April. This year will be different since she will be moving her 4 cubs on to go on their own. Grizzly 399 has done an amazing job taking care of 4 cubs and making sure they survive to be able to go out on their own. She is amazing!
Green Kids has written two stories about Grizzly 399, one of the most famous bears in the world. She lives in Teton National Park, Wyoming. She has had many cubs over the years but at the age of 24 years old, she surprised the world with the birth of 4 babies. Grizzly 399 is a very good mother and over the years has learned to live by and around people with no real negative situations arising.
However, this last month she wandered into Jackson, Wyoming late at night – not such a good idea. She was detected by the Jackson Police Department who notified other government officials and they safely escorted her out of town. I can’t imagine walking out my door and being confronted with 5 grizzlies walking towards me!!! But word on the bear street is that all 5 of them are in hibernation now!
Read our book Grizzly 399 Hibernation Pandemonium, to imagine what it would be like for 5 large bears to be in a small den!
Here is the article and accompanying video of Grizzly 399's family trip into Jackson, Wyoming!
Green Kids has written two stories about Grizzly 399, one of the most famous bears in the world. She lives in Teton National Park, Wyoming. She has had many cubs over the years but at the age of 24 years old, she surprised the world with the birth of 4 cubs. She has over the years learned to live by and around people with no real negative situations arising. But in the last year and a half she has started to travel back and forth between the park and Jackson, Wyoming and even a bit farther south. She has been moving a lot and eating bird feed from peoples homes they put out, honey from local Apiary’s, and horse feed. The Wyoming Fish & Game in conjunction with the Park Service are trying to manage this without creating a negative situation – please hit the link on this article to see the latest of what is happening. We pray and hope she will return to the park and get ready for hibernation.
Also as of November 6, 2021, two of Grizzly 399's cubs were collared - hopefully this makes a positive difference. Bear 399's yearlings are safely collared - Local News 8
December 2022 Update
One of Grizzly 399's cubs has since passed away due to Wyoming Game and Officials. However, Grizzly 399's other recent cubs have since moved out from the wing of Grizzly 399 and are now living on their own and we will be following them as they move through their lives.