Celebrate Grizzly Moms by Keeping Them Protected Under the Endangered Species Act

Spring is one of the most rewarding times to be a conservationist and animal advocate. The natural world begins to emerge and remind us all just what it is that we fight so hard to protect.

One of my favorite examples of this is the grizzly bear mom known by her scientific name as Grizzly 399. She was born in 1996 and has had four litters of cubs. Her 28 years have inspired thousands of conservationists around the world–thanks in large part to her preference for rearing her cubs near Grand Teton National Park in often public view. Don’t mistake that for complacency, however. 399 is unquestionably a doting mother and, like most moms, very protective of her cubs.

This week of Mother’s Day, join us in honoring 399 and her commitment to her cubs by helping to keep her–and all grizzly bears–safe and protected under the highly-successful Endangered Species Act.

Please sign the petition to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that these bears need those protections.

Grizzly bears are part of our unique wildlife heritage, but some Western politicians and government bureaucrats are hostile to grizzly bears and other carnivores. Grizzly bears are beginning to recover from a century of persecution and habitat loss, but now is not the time to remove protections. We need to keep safeguards in place until the science shows grizzly bears are fully recovered, and until the states have adequate rules in place to ensure grizzly bears will thrive for future generations.

Grizzly 399 and her most-recent cub were spotted emerging from a late hibernation just weeks ago. While she carries out the very difficult task of raising her cub, please help to keep her and bears like her safe. Please add your name to the petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asking them to maintain existing Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.


Susan Holmes
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition
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  1. https://www.mangelsen.com/grizzly
  2. https://cowboystatedaily.com/2024/04/22/shes-awake-grizzly-399-and-gigantic-cub-emerge-from-hibernation/

Grizzly 399 and cubs photo by StevenPDeVries – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91360764

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