Volunteers Helping Wildlife in Grand Teton Park (3/12/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

The grizzly bear population has steadily grown in Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem over the last several decades, providing visitors to the area ever increasing opportunities to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. 

National Parks Traveler reported that the presence of grizzlies adds to a robust population of black bears and, when combined with large numbers of park visitors, has increased the potential for conflicts between humans and bears. This has led to a variety of challenges for land and wildlife managers.

Grand Teton National Park launched the Wildlife Brigade in 2007 aiming to reduce the potential for negative interactions between bears and visitors. With support from Grand Teton National Park Foundation, this volunteer crew facilitates safe interactions between people and animals by managing roadside wildlife jams, patrolling picnic and camping areas for unsecured food, and sharing educational information with visitors.

Positions on the Brigade are highly sought after and with good reason—volunteers experience dozens of unforgettable moments throughout a summer on-the-job. Jeff Willemain has spent the last four seasons on the Wildlife Brigade.

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