PROTECTING WILDLIFE THROUGH VISITOR EDUCATION
GTNPF support helped start the Wildlife Brigade over a decade ago.
The Wildlife Brigade is a team of trained volunteers who promote ethical wildlife viewing practices, assist with people and traffic management during roadside wildlife jams, patrol developed areas to look for unsecured food and other bear attractants, and educate visitors about bear safety, proper food storage, and other resource-sensitive activities. This program supports two to three seasonal staff, up to twenty-five volunteers, public service announcements on bear safety, and the development of science-based communication materials to promote safer and ethical wildlife viewing. Its development and integration into park operations since 2007 has been critical to grizzly and black bear stewardship as both bear and visitor numbers have increased.