Earthfire Stories

From our wildlife ambassadors to rehabilitation patients and local wildlife, these posts tell the stories of animals that call Earthfire Institute home.

Large brown bear walking through snow

A Note from Susan: Every bear (at least that I have spent time with) has a distinct persona, often rather clearly, same as with people. Some are sweet, some have...

Bear den covered in snow
Bear Garden Diaries

We dreamed about the new bear gardens for such a long time—not for us humans, but for the bears. We wanted them to have waterfalls. We wanted them to have...

Grizzly bear coming out of a pool of water
Bear Garden Diaries

Construction on Phase 1* of our brand new, state-of-the-art bear gardens is almost complete! Thanks to our amazing local contractor, Wydaho Construction Services, the project that broke ground 10 months...

Turkey
When ice made the walk to her day yard treacherous, Tweedle the Turkey impressed us with her problem solving skills....
Grizzly Bear Playing in a pond
Rebellious and Rambunctious

It isn’t news to those who are personally acquainted with our sanctuary brown bear, Ramble, that he is a bold and rowdy personality. He has been described as demanding, rambunctious,...

Grizzly bear on snow-covered rocks
Bear Garden Diaries

The bears are nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of marshmallows dance in their heads. The bears have just settled down for a long winter’s nap, but work...

close up of a North american porcupine foraging with trees and fall foliage in the background
From the creosote deserts of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States up the length of the Rockies and across the northern sweep of the continent wanders a remarkable, independent...
Purcupine laying on a wooden platform

Below is a fascinating example of porcupine intelligence. The idea might be strange to many of us, but when you think of it, all animals must have an adaptable intelligence...

Bear den in an enclosure for rescued bears
Bear Garden Diaries

Our very sleepy and seasonably plump bears recently settled in for their long winter’s nap, but that doesn’t mean work on their new gardens has slowed down. The landscapers are...

Grizzly bear sitting in front of a waterfall

We all know the look. It’s the same look a child has when they’ve been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Many of us have seen cute viral...

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