A photogenic mother bear who makes Grand Teton National Park her home has a fan club that stretches around the world. Known as “Grizzly 399,” she—and by extension her fellow grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone—are the subject of the book Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399, the Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone.
The book is by award-winning environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson and renowned Jackson Hole nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. On Thursday, August 3, 12:15 p.m., Wilkinson shares stories and photographs from the book in a free talk in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium. The program is followed by a book signing at the Center Store, which has copies of the book for sale.
Of Grizzly 399, Wilkinson and Mangelsen say, “This amazing grizzly mother offers the perfect window into understanding bear conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” She is the matriarch of more than fifteen descendants, including her cubs and the cubs of her cubs, more than half of which have died in various kinds of conflicts with people.
Wilkinson’s illustrated presentation about Grizzly 399’s family also explores the broader issues of bear conservation, such as whether or not the ecosystem grizzly population can persist and thrive in the 21st century—a particularly timely subject in light of the recent decision delisting Yellowstone-area grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act.
To learn more about Draper Museum lectures and programs, contact Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020, or visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history. At the September 7 program, Dr. Larry Todd discusses human paleoecology in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Lunchtime Expedition series, as well as the Draper After Dark periodic evening lecture series, is organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Find the Center’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore