Grizzly bears are considered sacred by many Tribes, but today only a small fraction of the historic grizzly populations exist in the lower 48 states.

To respond to the Department of the Interior’s controversial decision to remove endangered species protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act (H.R. 3894) at a press conference today surrounded by Tribal leaders and environmentalists.

This bill would ensure that grizzly bears are permanently protected for their ecological and cultural value and guarantees Tribes have a role in conserving and managing the species. Grizzly bears are considered sacred by many Tribes, but today only a small fraction of the historic grizzly populations exist in the lower 48 states.

The bill is strongly supported by a coalition of 50 Tribes and conservation groups. It would:

Ban trophy hunting and non-discriminatory predator control measures that may result in taking of grizzly bears on public lands

Permit take and possession of grizzly bears only for certain purposes Require consultation with tribes before issuing permits and before any major federal action that could impact grizzly bears or their habitat Add tribal members to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Create a process for reintroduction of grizzly bears to suitable land of wiling Tribes

“Grizzly bears are an essential component of healthy ecosystems, but trophy hunting and aggressive predator control by states pose a great risk to these top predators. There are certain species that should be off-limits from trophy hunting, and the grizzly bear is one of them. We don’t hunt avian predators like Golden eagles or Bald eagles, and the mammals at the top of the food chain also should be protected from people who want to kill them for bragging rights.”

Responses to "Tribes to Introduce a Bill that Permanently Protects the Grizzly Bear"

  1. Unknown says:

    Thank you! I think all animals have the right to live, these bears are beautiful animals that need protection.

  2. Unknown says:

    Please include wolves in this bill. Like griGrizzlies they need protection.

  3. I wish they protect in Canada as well cause not only Canadians’s hunt them Americans come up here and if you protect them there it will push more up here it saddens me to think that my grandchildren children probably only see in a zoo cause there wiping them and other species out

  4. Debs says:

    People who trophy hunt are disgusting POS

  5. Unknown says:

    Nothing living should ever be a sacrificial trophy.

  6. Ashnak says:


  7. Unknown says:

    Yes they should be protected and the Wolf's too 💔

  8. It is ESSENTIAL that the Grizzlies are protected, and their habitats, along with the wolves. There are so many good reasons why they should be saved and respected, and no reason why they should EVER be killed. SAVE THEM!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely support and agree with this bill. I detest trophy hunters who kill just because they can; all to hang a head on their wall and a bear rug on the floor. Despicable.

  10. Anonymous says:

    National Parks and Preserves should be sacred and kept as refuges for animals of all kinds. Protect all Apex predators. Eliminate all mining logging and hunting on these lands.

  11. Unknown says:

    I was fortunate enough to spend time in Katmai Park west of Homer Alaska observing the big brown bear. What a magnificent creature with more confidence in it's soul than any other animal I've seen. Being close to one of these bears is knowing the very definition of respect.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I want both

  13. Anonymous says:

    Need to reintroduce the grizzly in the tribal communities so the griz can have the full experience of the tribes.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Love this ❤️. I wish that all the animal's could be protected from Trophy Hunters!

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