The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly
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After a decades-long comeback, the grizzly bears of Yellowstone National Park appear to be thriving. Should they now be removed from the protection of the Endangered Species Act? This question has provoked one of the most emotionally charged wildlife controversies in America today. This program premiered November 21, 2004.

  • Connie

    when does the good the bad and the bear air again….we would like to be able to watch these grizzlies……..very interesting , thanks for your help..Connie

  • cathy

    My third grade students will love this! Thank you!!

  • prasannakumar

    really i am very happy to watch these i would like more watching thank u

  • Laura Warner

    Sensational — cannot thank you enough for making this experience possible. The opportunity to view these beautiful creatures is priceless!

  • tabor

    i really liked this

  • Eric

    Fantastic vid! I’m no tree hugger or PETA enthusiast, but if those folks living near Grizzlies are unhappy with the resurgence they ought’a MOVE since the bears were there first. My two cents. Thanks for the video.

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  • kinty

    thanks for tellin i feel bad for grizzlys awawawawaawawawawawawawawawa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Connor

    dont cry im gonna live in yellow stone

  • Ed

    After watching this I have these two comments:

    1) Great episode, I enjoyed watching the bears in the wild and learning about there population comeback.

    2) I am very discouraged with the people that are portrayed in the episode which leaves me to believe that with the grizzly bear no longer considered an endangered specie their numbers will decline in the future. We have people leaving their garbage outside and not attempting to use containers that would prevent bears from accessing their contains but complaining when the bears break through a plastic container or opens an unlocked lid. If the bear can not access the food source he won’t go for it! We have ranchers losing cattle to bears and their only solution is selective elimination. They had tried relocation in the episode but apparently that must not have been that successful. Why doesn’t the rancher invest in some better fencing or another form of a non-destructive solution, I guess the problem with this is that its cheaper for the rancher to let cattle die than to redo or install fencing around his plot of land.

    Unfortunately I think the best solution for Yellowstone park is animatronic bears, at least than Yellowstone can still generate cash with people taking there photos with the bears and not have to deal with any issues associated with real bears.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    The American people are quite ignorant about ecosystems. It is obvious that the Bears are needed to preserve the ecosystem. It sad to know that the bears were removed from the endangered species list. Now cowboys will have excuses to kill bears. It is important to remind everyone that this is their land and not our, we are choosing to live and do businesses in their territory then we should respect their territory. It is sad that people do not understand that we are here only for 100 years and what ever bad decisions we make it will affect our progeny. I hope hunting to be banned because is a way of altering the bears ecosystem. Like I said before we always look for ways to make more money even if we are destroying the earth! SAD,SAD, SAD!

  • Dustin

    How come ranchers never come to the conclusion that maybe the rancher should relocate? The bears have no where else to go we eliminated them from every other state, and now ranchers want them removed from the last place the bears have to live. Ranchers can raise cattle in any state, the bears have nowhere to go. How can people be that greedy and just plain STUPID?

  • David ball

    i like Nature The good the bad and the Gizzly i have sen it too on tv Nature the good bad the Gizzly

  • Amy

    I really love this series and I am an ardent conservationist, but the ending was a bit propaganda-ish if you ask me.

    There are solutions to problems other than gov’t, and we who are passionate about conservation need to learn to live with the facts of business and the human population. Telling a rancher to just “move” is not a realistic solution. I wouldn’t uproot my life and my business because someone cares more about a de-listed animal than my family. Last I checked, most ranchers aren’t filthy-rich evil corporate $%@@^!*, they are people trying to make a living.

    Think outside the eco-box people.

  • annette elkins

    humans just ruin this planet more each day.. its not right to make the animals suffer like that.. we are the ones destroying their world, not the other way around……. its sad to think how much of the wild life we lost due to our own greed

  • do

    keep the bear,,,,,get rid of the people who disrespect the land anyway!!!!

  • Melody

    We should plant and protect more of the trees they eat off of, but allow hunting only to protect life or livestock.

  • Susan

    I love Nature. Great show.

    This doesn’t seem to be a popular opinion, but the ranchers and even the school should be allowed to shoot at the bears. Bears and humans have coexhisted for years. As this show pointed out, sometimes we win and sometimes it’s the bear. When one starts to get an edge there is a problem. The bears seem to be winning. Allow those that live in or border Yellowstone the ability to shoot a grizzly when necessary. These ranchers did not strike me as trophy gaining hunters who can’t wait to get out there and kill them a grizzly.

  • John 3 Hawks

    This is a great series and thank you for putting it here to be seen. It is a shame that humans are so ignorant of the need for natural balance to the point that we have nearly destroyed what keeps earth in balance and we will surely pay a great price in the future. A Cree saying goes something like this….only when the last tree is cut down, only when the last river is poisoned, only when the last fish has been caught, only then…will you understand your money cannot be eaten’.
    Humans need the natural species to keep earth in balance, yet not one of these species needs a human to do this. California has a Grizzly on its state flag…a symbol of greed that had the last free Grizzly in that state hunted and killed in the early 1900’s. A rancher moves into an area to raise cattle knowing it is Grizzly country and then complains about live stock loss. Duhhhh…Ranchers and energy companies being on public lands should not happen…they rent these areas for dollars a year and other life forms suffer.
    The Lakota have a saying that we ‘are all related’…meaning all things…not just humans. Perhaps one day we as a species will wake up before it is too late and before the only wildlife our grandchildren will see is what is stuffed in a museum.

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  • J. Raygoza

    I always enjoy watching nature and all its glory. Watching these vedios makes me feel sad and happy. Sad, because of all the killing that happens and happy because i know that in some way God will help man and animal to live together. God bless as all.

  • Leslie

    says video is having tech issues come back later?

  • Brad Bartz

    You arrogant ignorant woman,who asked you to be there? How dare you move to their home and gripe about them.Go away! You have no right to be there. Its people like you who are spreading like a virus and leaving the grizzley no choice.I hate people like you!

  • Andy

    Wow, do you live in la-la land? Of course a human has the right to be there, it’s called private property rights. And people should have the opportunity to take reasonable means to protect their life and property. The fact that they can’t is the main frustration with the Endangered Species Act and the shoot, shovel and shut up behavior. I believe humans do have an ethical obligation to conserve grizzly populations, but that does not mean that individual bears are somehow sacred. Individual animals do not have rights. Humans have the right to animal protein. If the federal government mandates that livestock-killing predators shall persist, then they (taxpayers) need to compensate them for losses. There were reasons bears were nearly extirpated in the first place. If bears are to persist, private landowners need incentives to conserve bears and their habitat, not radical legislation shoved down their throats, backing them in a corner, and threatening their way of life.

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