Projects

Clark, Wyoming Landfill Fencing Project

6/16/12

Grizzly bears have been using this landfill on the Beartooth front heavily over the last couple of years. Bear management officials have spent countless hours trapping, relocating, and monitoring bears at this site that is not inside typical grizzly habitat. The fence was old and dilapidated. Yellowstone Country Bear Hunters Association was lucky enough to help out the Wyoming Game and Fish Bear Management team on the erection of an electrified fence around the perimeter of the site.

The site used to have carcass dumb but that has been destroyed. Other attempts to deter bears such as flashing lights have been unsuccessful as bears become conditioned. There have been several bears trapped at this site over the last few years. Hopefully this fence will deter anymore bears from entering and free up time for bear management officials to work in other areas. We need to limit grizzly depredation in order to obtain a hunting season.

Again Hunters are the first Conservationist. We are helping as a hunting outfit to do our part for grizzly recovery and sustainability.

If you have any project ideas or plans coming up and you need help please contact us!

Wyoming Bear Box Project 2016 and 2017

The past few years the Western Bear Foundation has partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to place bear proof storage containers on the Spence/Moriarity WMA and Whiskey Basin WMA. near Dubois, WY. This area is of growing concern for Large Carnivore Managers in Wyoming due to the increase presence of Grizzly Bears and high usage by recreationist. The effort to place boxes will limit human/bear conflicts and keep bears wild and on the mountain for all of us to enjoy. The Project reached completion in the spring of 2017. It was a 2 year program that placed 12 boxes at campsites and trailheads in the area.

If you have any project ideas or plans coming up and you need help please contact us!

Bear Spray Giveaway

2016 - 2017

We have partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish, Wyoming Outdoorsmen, and Bowhunters of Wyoming the past 2 years to give out 100 cans of bear spray in Cody, WY and Jackson Hole, WY. The spray was handed out to people from the area with valid hunting and fishing licenses.

This ongoing project is an effort to outfit more sportsmen and women with bear spray and tools to recreate safely in grizzly bear country. The Spray has proven effective in reducing human bear conflicts.

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Bear Collar Replace

February 2016

In February 2016 we accompanied the Bear Biologist and Large Carnivore team in Wyoming on a bear collar replacement. The bears collar had stopped working in the den and needed to be replaced. This bears den high in the Wyoming Range of Western Wyoming.

The bear was collared during the summer months during an ongoing effort to collar more bears in that range to get a better understanding of black bear movements and habits

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Disabled Hunter Bear Hunts

May 2015

In May 2015 The Western Bear Foundation took Dustin Shilcox on a Wyoming Bear Hunt. While Dustin was unsuccessful in taking a bear we had a great time and he had a great opportunity to take a bear on the second night. Dustin was paralyzed from the waste down in a car accident several years ago. His efforts to live life to the fullest regardless of abilities is truly and inspiration and he is very active in the community of people facing similar challenges.

The Western Bear Foundation Started the Disabled Hunters Bear Hunting program in 2015 in an effort to share our passion for bears and bear hunting with those who may never realize an opportunity to hunt bears due to physical challenges

If you have any project ideas or plans coming up and you need help please contact us!

Disabled Hunter Bear Hunts

May 2016

Through a collaborative effort with Jason Matzinger of Into High Country and many of the Western Bear Foundation members in Idaho we where able to continue the Disabled Bear Hunters Program in Idaho for 2016. In May of 2016 The Western Bear Foundation took Jake Simmons of Nampa, Idaho on a Idaho Bear Hunt. Jake has long dreamed of being able to hunt bears and the prospect of harvesting a bear. Jake reached out to Jason Matzinger of Into High Country who then reached out to us to make this hunt happen. The experience form beginning to end was wonderful and changed the lives of everyone involved. Jake is such a great young man who has taken ever challenge life has thrown at him with a smile on his face. Jake was able to harvest a beautiful bear on the last night and in the last minutes of his hunt. Jason was able to capture all the footage and it was aired on an episode of Into High Country on the Sportsmen's Channel

We want to be sure to thank all the individuals involved on making this such a great hunt and experience!

The Western Bear Foundation Started the Disabled Hunters Bear Hunting program in 2015 in an effort to share our passion for bears and bear hunting with those who may never realize an opportunity to hunt bears due to physical challenges

If you have any project ideas or plans coming up and you need help please contact us!