Earthfire Stories

Tag: Teton Totem
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...

Grizzly Bear surrounded by aspen trees
A Journal Entry by Environmental Educator Deb Matlock

One of the most beautiful things in life is when we are touched at our very core. When our preconceived notions are shifted dramatically in an instant, when what we...

A broken fan and extension cord outside a domestic bear's enclosure

It was hot. Very, very hot. Teton has a thick bear coat and even in the shade it was difficult to cool him off. It bothered us. What could we...

Grizzly bear surrounded by rocks and bushes

It was an invitation that brought me to Earthfire. As the digital content manager, I have the luxury of working from home—an arrangement that suits my introverted heart just fine....

Mango cut up into squares

A timid knock sounded on my hotel door the night before I was to return home from a family wedding. I opened it and there stood Cece, a sweet little...

Grizzly bear in an enclosure

It is late February. It is cold and blizzarding. Will someone please explain to me why Teton Totem decided to rouse himself now, of all times? I rush to the...

Grizzly bear with log in front of Tetons
It’s pretty easy to see when A Bear Wants to Go to Bed. He looks just like a very sleepy child, so pitiful and vulnerable in his need that you...
Animal trainer Jean Simpson with a brown bear

I keep thinking of offering a duct tape retreat, where we place metaphoric duct tape across our mouths so we are reminded to only speak when something comes from the...

Jean Simpson with grizzly bear cub

I would like to tell you about a grizzly bear. Not bears in general but a very specific bear. An individual. Teton Totem came to Jean as a child of...

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