— In early February, Montana wildlife biologist and bear enthusiast Bill Gifford was out hiking with his wife on the Yellowstone River when he spotted a cub.
The cub, named Bear, was lying on a nearby rock near a streambank.
It was covered in brown fur and had an emaciated appearance.
Giffard was stunned.
“It was just a bear,” he said.
“He was dead.”
Bears are a rare and unique species in Yellowstone, a vast region of highland prairie and prairie-like forests and grasslands that stretches from the Canadian border to the Canadian Arctic.
Bears are an endangered species in the United States, where they’re hunted for their meat and bones.
For decades, Yellowstone National Park has had a conservation plan that mandates that all bears must be relocated from the park to a designated wildlife refuge.
That sanctuary has been a long-standing goal, but with the bear population surging, the number of bears in the park is now at an all-time high.
“I feel like I’m in a movie set, but you know, it’s the same thing,” Giffords said.
It’s rare to see a bear on a live feed, but that’s what bears do for food.
They feed on the carcasses of other animals, but they’re also an important part of their diet, providing a vital source of protein for their young.
Giffs father, former U.S. Representative Bill Giffs, says the bear has been living a long, healthy life and has a healthy temperament.
“We’re lucky he’s still here,” he told The Associated Press in January.
“If it wasn’t for him, we’d probably be down here in the middle of nowhere.
We’ve got the highest population of bears on the planet.
We’re in the worst bear country on the face of the earth.”
The Yellowstone Park Zoo has put up a fence to prevent bears from feeding on the river and surrounding area, and wildlife officials have also set up a temporary refuge to protect bears in an area near the park’s entrance.
Bears also are seen as a natural habitat for the park ecosystem, providing food for other wildlife, including mountain goats and elk.
In Montana, grizzly bears have become an endangered and threatened species.
There are about 3,500 grizzly in Montana and more than 4,000 in the Lower 48.
It has become the second-most-common species of bear on the continent, after grizzlies in Yellowstone National Parks.
The bears have long been considered a threat to livestock, especially bears and wolves.
The last bear killed in Montana was in 2005, and there have been a number of recent incidents in which bears have attacked livestock in Montana.
In 2011, a grizzly bear was seen attacking a herd of goats near Fort Peck.
In 2016, a bear was spotted on a highway near Fort Tumwater.
The grizzly has also been a significant threat to people and livestock in the Yellowstone area.
“They’re an integral part of the Yellowstone ecosystem,” said Gifferson, who was the park superintendent from 2002 to 2007.
“The Yellowstone grizzly is a wild beast, and the people of Montana are responsible for protecting it.”
BAMF The Yellowstone grizzle is the second most-dangerous bear on Earth.
It is classified as a Threatened Species on the IUCN Red List.
The Yellowstone National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1874 and was designated as a wildlife refuge in 1973.
The refuge has been an iconic part of Yellowstone since the park opened to visitors in 1872.
Yellowstone has a population of more than 9 million bears, which can weigh up to 400 pounds.
The park’s grizzly population is estimated to be about 600,000, according to the park.
According to the IARC, bears are an omnivore, eating both meat and other animal foods.
Bears have been observed eating more than 500 different species of plants and berries, including berries from the berry family.
They also can eat insects, worms, fruit, nuts and other plants.
They can be aggressive toward livestock and livestock trucks, which they also have a history of attacking.
GIFFORD WAS ON THE RUN When Giffors family moved to Yellowstone from Montana in the late 1970s, he and his wife wanted to keep their home intact.
But as they moved into their house, he noticed a bear in the basement.
“When I saw it, I knew we had to move,” he recalled.
“This bear was on a dead feed.
I was very upset, because I didn’t think we had a chance.”
Giffards wife, Carolyn, worked as a health inspector and later joined the Montana Department of Fish and Game.
They had purchased a deer farm in Montana from a rancher in the 1980s, but he was killed in a bear attack.
The bear killed Carolyn