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Get Bear Smart

     · “This website was originally created by The Get Bear Smart Society (GBS), one of the original founders

       of the Bear Smart program and movement. GBS ceased operations after 27 years in early 2023. During

       that time, GBS was a critical catalyst in creating bear smart communities, helping residents to manage

       attractants, keeping workers in bear country safe, and encouraging bear managers to choose non-lethal

       options. GBS is very proud of inspiring a paradigm shift in the way that humans are choosing to coexist

       with bears and other wildlife.... Today, the Get Bear Smart website is maintained by People and Carnivores,

       a U.S.-based nonprofit working for the conservation of grizzly and black bears, wolves, and mountain lions.”

Organizations & associations

     · Species-specific institutions are placed in respective sections below.

People & Predators

     Bear smart initiatives

          Get Bear Smart

International Association for Bear Research & Management (IBA)

IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group

     Species Expert Teams



Black bear (Ursus americanus)

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Bear With Us

Kilham Bear Center

Brown bear (Ursus arctos)


Grizzly bear @ USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region

Grizzly Times

Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee [USA]

Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team [USA]

Species profile for grizzly bear @ ECOS

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears @ Wikipedia

IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group

Polar bears @ US Department of State

Polar Bear Science

     · Website of Susan Crockford; see description at DeSmogBlog.

Polar Bear World

Polar Bears International

Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Pandas International

Pandas @ WWF