Bridger-Teton pilots bear ambassador program

JACKSON, Wyo. — Dream job alert:

After a famous grizzly family gained a little too much notoriety along Togwotee Pass last summer and visitors got too close for comfort (and safety), Friends of the Bridger-Teton and Bridger-Teton National Forest is recruiting a Bear Safety Ambassador in the Blackrock Ranger District.

Last summer, Grizzly 863, aka Felicia, and her cub spent a lot of time near or on the Togwotee Highway. That led to certain observers feeling a little too safe, and getting too close to Felicia and her cub. Such interactions can alter a bear’s behavior and create bear conflict. Not only is it dangerous to humans, it’s potentially lethal for bears. And Felicia was just one bear — 98% of the Blackrock Ranger District is Grizzly Primary Conservation Area.

The Bear Safety Ambassador will help with all things bear-related on the Blackrock Ranger District. They will provide educational outreach focused on reducing bear conflict and responsible wildlife viewing, inventory and maintain bear boxes and signage, patrol campsites for food storage violations, post emergency signage in potential conflict areas, and work with local landowners and outfitters to reduce potential bear conflicts. It’s a big job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Learn more about the program here.

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