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I Am Bear Safe

Training people not to train 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. Bears are a top attraction at many of our National Parks and well-managed by the Parks for population viability along with visitor enjoyment. Park gateway communities, however, are experiencing increasing pressure from more visitors coupled with rapid development, new residents being naïve about bear safety, and a growing population of nearby recreationists. The 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 Partner

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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.

Park Gateway Partners


West Yellowstone, MT


Gardiner, MT


Cooke City/ Silver Gate

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“I Am Bear Safe” Project graphic generated by Anderson Design Group. Learn more about this company by clicking on their logo.


The “I Am Bear Safe” Project is endorsed by the AZA Bear Taxonomic Advisory Group

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