Earthfire Stories

Tag: Bears
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...

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...

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...

Grizzly bear swimming in a manmade pond
Bear Garden Diaries

We are already four months into construction on our new Bear Gardens, which means we are approximately halfway through the build. Construction is scheduled for completion by January 1! The...

Construction for new bear gardens at Earthfire Institute
And the 16th Annual Tin Cup Challenge

We are a little over a month into construction on two new Bear Gardens, and so far our bears seem to be coping with the noise quite well—especially when we...

Brown bear playing in a pond

When the bears wake up, it is a wondrous occasion. The land begins to pulse with their powerful presence. They emerge slowly, tentatively—is it time yet? A nose. Sleepy little...

Grizzly bear surrounded by rocks and bushes

The day I was told of the passing of Teton Totem, one of Earthfire’s resident grizzly bears, many emotions washed through me: sadness, shock, and disbelief. However, what resounded within...

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