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“Never a dull moment: Watch grizzlies play, romp, & sun themselves to your heart's content!”

Montana Grizzly Encounter
Ranked #4 of 63 things to do in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Montana Grizzly Encounter is a grizzly bear rescue and educational sanctuary.
Reviewed April 12, 2012

We have been to several other bear attractions in the U.S., and this one does not disappoint. We can see that the bears are not only healthy, but they are also happy! These are rescued grizzlies who cannot make it on their own in the wild; this educational sanctuary is delightful because watching the bears here is such a priceless glimpse of their natural behaviors--without bars or cages to mar the video and dozens of photos you'll want to take! Having seen a few grizzlies and black bears from a safe distance in the wilds of Yellowstone NP & Glacier NP, these bears are exactly like their wild brothers and sisters in the fact that their playful, leisure-time activities are the same! If you're used to seeing bored bears who sleep or pace in large cages or concrete enclosures, this "encounter" will amaze and delight you because it is the one place where one can view bears doing whatever bears want to do! While the bears obviously know they have company, they are completely un-self-conscious & are absolutely fascinating to watch---for hours, which we did for nearly 4 hours on a sunny, breezy day. In the early afternoon, we watched Lucy---a very young orphaned bear recently rescued from starvation in Alaska---romp and play, dig, climb huge boulders, and splash in water, while being treated to stories about her along with an invaluable education about grizzlies. In the afternoon, Lucy went into her den to eat and sleep, and out came two 6 year olds, Maggie and Jake. They played non-stop for more than two hours, and we were just in awe of their beauty, strength, and sense of joy for life that they exuded to us. I cannot stop thinking about our day there! To be able to watch grizzlies be actively happy and healthy for $7 per adult is an unbelievable bargain. Allow plenty of time to experience this remarkable place! Children will be dazzled and engaged; this is the best of Nature at a safe distance. Becoming educated on the 5 cardinal rules of behavior/precautions while in grizzly country could be priceless---for us and the bears. The gift shop area has a nice selection of souvenir keepsakes, which also helps support the bears :)

2  Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Just a couple of weeks ago i came across Casey Andersons show on Nat Geo Wild....Spent half the day watching back 2 back episodes...Thank you Casey for educating myself and others on these beautiful animals..cant wait for march 11 for more shows...so by watching the show that is how i came to find out about Montana Grizzly Encounter..10 days later we drove to see this place in person..The newest addition, Lucy the bear, put on quite the show for us..Definately will visit again!!!! Dont forget your camera!!!!!!!!

4  Thank Heather B
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

Do not listen to any of the reviews that say to steer clear of this place! The Montana Grizzly encounter is not a place where bears are treated poorly or left in cages. All of the bears here were rescued from unhealthy places throughout the United States. They could not be released back into the wild.
My wife and I are animal lovers and supporters. She was very hesitant to visit, but once we saw the bears and their habitat she was comforted. Check this place out and support a good cause!

10  Thank eric w
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

The people who run the place are extremely friendly and helpful, and gave us a lot of useful information about bears. You get very close to the bears, and your ticket allows you to come back later (or stick around) as they rotate the bears that are on display. I drove out of my way to visit this place twice and would do so again - it's very good value. They have some nice photos and souvenirs for sale too.

8  Thank sometimesong
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

"Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures" is a better deal if you want to see wolves and grizzlies in the wild.

2  Thank Teresa L
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