Dear Wolf Advocate,
Please make sure to join us on Saturday July 16 for a program focused on the United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to strip federal protections from the Greater-Yellowstone grizzly bear population. There are approximately 750 bears in the Greater-Yellowstone Ecosystem. The best available science suggests that 2000 bears are needed for the population to remain genetically viable. As it stands, the bear population is too small, and genetically isolated from other grizzly populations.
Large carnivore and grizzly bear advocate Louisa Willcox will kick things off Saturday evening by introducing the delisting proposal before welcoming Research Wildlife Biologist Dr. David Mattson, who will debunk the science being used by the federal government to justify removing the great bear from the endangered species list. Louisa and David are both co-founders of the Grizzly Times.
Raen Bear Stands Last of the Guardian of our Ancestors Legacy (GOAL) will then deliver a presentation about Native American perspectives on grizzly bears and the federal government’s delisting proposal. GOAL is a coalition of dozens of Tribal Nations that have passed declarations, resolutions or issued letters denouncing the government’s delisting efforts.
Doors will open for the evening program at 6:00pm, with music from Matt Stone starting at 6:15pm. Please visit our PROGRAM page to learn about the full weekend’s agenda. This year’s three-day family friendly event at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge will feature guest speakers, film, dance, poetry, art, music, food and a field trip!