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WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA
Construction of the new 200-seat outdoor amphitheater started in 2012 with pathways, fencing, seating, and landscaping almost completed in 2013. The popular Birds-of-Prey presentation will makes its debut in its new setting beginning in 2014 along with Yellowstone National Park Ranger talks and various educational programs. We plan to host a Grand Opening for the Amphitheater in early summer 2014.
Amphitheater under construction
Work has been completed on a new animal diet kitchen to improve the processing, storage and preparation of animal food. An attached space will also provide valuable maintenance areas for facility vehicles and equipment as well as work-study and educational enrichment for area and distance-learning students.
Animal diet kitchen under construction
High Country wolf habitat renovations are about to be wrapped up. We have extended the fencing on the north side of the habitat and created two separate spaces with enhanced under- and above-ground terrain. The landscaping and perimeter fencing should be finished before the snow gets too deep.
Work has begun on building new dens for Grant and Roosevelt. The plans are drawn up and we are waiting for weather and contracted labor to get this project underway. The additional den will allow greater flexibility in managing the bear collection as well as the potential to temporarily hold bears for other agencies and organizations.
Construction of a new raptor aviary continues as weather and funding allow. We continue to add and improve the outdoor space for raptors. The outdoor aviaries help illustrate the interrelationships between carnivores (grizzly bears and gray wolves) and the magnificent birds-of-prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to visitors. This exhibit allows seasonal outdoor viewing of eagles, owls, hawks and other raptors which have either been injured or abandoned in the wild. In addition to excavation, support poles, bird mesh, landscaping and care for the birds, the outdoor aviaries require the design and production of educational graphics and interpretive displays.
Finally, the Living with Bears Trail will debut in 2014. In an attempt to show visitors how to safely live in grizzly bear country, this outdoor exhibit will feature a front porch façade, a chicken coop with live chickens, a garden of plants and vegetables bears are attracted to, a sample beehive, a compost area, and a real bear trap. These components of the trail and the electric fencing securing them have been highlighted by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks as among the most critical areas of education for people living in bear country. Educational signs and interpretation by naturalists will demonstrate how to secure property and livestock to avoid harmful interactions with wild grizzlies.
Living with Bears Trail chicken coop
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DID YOU KNOW?
Despite their impressive size, grizzlies are quite fast and have been clocked at 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if humans come between a mother and her cubs.