I Am Bear Safe
Training people not to train bears...to get into trouble!
“I Am Bear Safe”TM is a multi-partner Wildlife Coexistence Strategy designed to equip National Park gateway communities to “train people not to train bears” to get in the trouble they are in now because of human behavior—a situation that is assuring bear demise. Bears are a top attraction at many of our National Parks and well-managed by the Parks for population viability along with visitor enjoyment. But the Park gateway communities are experiencing increasing pressure of more visitors coupled with rapid development, brand-new residents from elsewhere being naïve about bears, and a growing population of nearby recreationists. These communities on the edge of National Parks are the frontline for battling ignorance and irresponsibility when it comes to bear safety. Their stewardship efforts will enable bears to survive by performing their natural behaviors without human risks and distractions.
Lead Park Gateway Partners
An AZA-accredited, not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility.
GWDC partners with Yellowstone National Park in a Zoo-Park Partnership for America’s Keystone Wildlife™ and originated the “I Am Bear Safe” Project with the park, Custer Gallatin National Forest, local businesses, and WRF.
Living at the entrance to Yellowstone means living with bears.
Bear Awareness Gardiner has helped supply bear-resistant trash cans and bear safety education to residents in and around the north entrance to the park.