During 2019, STYG has undertaken three interrelated projects to make our world safer for bears and other wildlife:
1) The roadshow: We’re in the midst of a traveling program of advocacy and education rolled up in entertainment. We have completed four of eight roadshows in Montana towns and cities, to standing-room only crowds of 50 to 500.
2) The underpass project: We have chosen a route to get grizzlies and other wildlife across I-90, linking Yellowstone’s animals with those of the Glacier National Park ecosystem. This is the ultimate expression of corridor work and involves biological surveys and contacts with residents to minimize human-grizzly conflicts.
3) Films: We have three films to produce this year, which we use in our roadshow and also post in broader venues. Two have already been produced by the staff of STYG, using archival grizzly footage donated by Brad Orsted and Doug Peacock.
a. “The Standing Grizzly” film produced by STYG staff Maaike Middleton and Brad Orsted, to counter the falsehood that a standing or rearing grizzly is a threat to humans. This argument has been used to kill grizzlies in Wyoming and Montana, sanctioned by these states’ game and fish departments. Our short film proves this is a myth, and that bears stand merely to scent and see better.
b. “The Orphans of Tom Miner Basin” produced by STYG staff. Brad Orsted narrates his own three-year journey with these sister grizzlies, perhaps the most viewed of all grizzlies north of Yellowstone park. These twins were executed in traps by Montana game agents in the fall of 2018, with no consideration of relocation or second chances. The orphans were the best ambassadors for good human-bear relationships Paradise Valley has ever seen.
c. The original STYG film project: a much longer, ambitious film about how to live with griz and protect public lands and wild habitats for all species.