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Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone, Montana

The two creatures feared most by people who visit or live in Montana are grizzly bears and wolves. That’s why a visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, located just outside Yellowstone National Park, is so important. Educating yourself about something is the surest way to diminish your fear.

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone

At the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, guests will get to watch bears and wolves behave much as they would in the wild. The bears at GWDC have been labeled “nuisance” bears, meaning that they came to equate humans with food and have either damaged property or been aggressive toward people in their quest for food. These types of bears are usually destroyed, but the bears at GWDC have been spared and now live in captivity so we may learn more about grizzly bears. A few of the bears at GWDC are orphans of nuisance bears.

The wolves at GWDC are divided into two packs and have been raised in captivity. A comfortable cabin with large viewing windows and a fireplace (for those chilly days in West Yellowstone) is situated directly between the two packs for optimum observation of wolf behavior.

The GWDC not only provides visitors the opportunity to see grizzly bears and wolves, it also provides a wealth of educational opportunities including what to do when you see a bear as you hike or camp throughout Montana. This makes GWDC a mandatory stop on your Montana vacation, helping you to better understand the wildlife you may encounter in Montana’s backcountry

Address: 201 S. Canyon, West Yellowstone, Montana, 59758

Phone: 406-646-7001


Image courtesy of Zoo Montana

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