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“Second visit, here are some tips” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Montana Grizzly Encounter

Montana Grizzly Encounter
80 Bozeman Hill Road, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-8893
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Bozeman
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“Second visit, here are some tips”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

On our first visit we were lucky to arrive when Brutus had just got out, and as an added bonus Casey was on site that day talking with the patrons. This time when we arrived the bears had been out a while and were still active, but just starting to become a bit lazy. They bring the bears out in 2 shifts, one starting in the morning and another around 2ish. It is best to call and confirm the times and if you want to see Brutus the time he will be out that day, since I believe it changes. It is most fun to see the bears right when they bring them out because the trainers place enrichment treats all around the enclosure, sometimes in very interesting places. While watching the bears sniff out the treats you can usually get some very good information. This time we got a lesson on unexpected bear encounters and how to deal with them. Consider your entry fee a donation as they are doing this for a good cause. It is not a place that you are likely to stay at for a long time. Both times we stayed for probably 30-45 minutes. Plan ahead with these things in mind.

Visited July 2014
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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“Great Spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Bears were in good health and excellent living conditions. You could tell the trainer really cared for the animals and was highly knowledgeable about them. Bears were entertaining and very interactive with the people and trainer. Would recommend and attend again!

Visited August 2014
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Rockwall, Texas
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“Enjoyable Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We really enjoyed the Grizzly Encounter. They usually have 2 bears in the earlier hours then change out to two other bears in the afternoon hours. They offer a second day with the price of admission but we only saw the afternoon bears. The bears were personable and active. We enjoyed the relaxing time we spent there and got several grizzly photos. Helpful information - They only have portable restrooms.

Visited July 2014
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Columbus, OH
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“Educational and Completely Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

In May, my husband, my parents and I visited Montana Grizzly Encounters when we were staying in Bozeman. Well worth the trip! It was a short car trip down I-90 from where we were staying in downtown Bozeman. The tickets were only $7, and they were good for 2 days. What a great deal!

The exhibit is a large grizzly enclosure, with a large viewing area. When we were there in the morning, Jake and Maggi were out in the enclosure. Sheena and Brutus are usually out in the afternoon, we were told. Jake and Maggi were so fun to watch. They were captivating! They played, swam in their pond, chased food like melons and eggs around. You can just watch them forever!

While we were watching the bears, Bill, one of the caretakers, gave us all kinds of good information about the bears, including bear safety for when you are out hiking in Montana and encounter either grizzlies or black bears (and be sure you remember what to do for which bear!). I was irrationally completely terrified of seeing bears while in Montana, so really appreciated the good information. We heard fun stories of all the bears, and more information on what they do at the rescue to help grizzlies and to educate the public. We could have listened to him all day. We visited Yellowstone later in the week, and didn't get to see any bears while there. We were really glad that we saw some here, and could safely watch them.

Montana Grizzly Encounters is an excellent place. They do great work, and we really loved supporting them. Don't miss this!

Visited May 2014
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Miami, Florida
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“Left Beary Disappointed.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Its a walkway overlooking 4 walls and 2 bears. That's it! Overcharged to walk in and drive out 5 minutes later. Either consider it a donation or don't go at all.

Visited July 2014
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