Over 50,000 grizzly bears once ranged from northwestern Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean and south into Mexico, yet today less than 2,000 of these animals persist in widely separate and increasingly fragmented ecosystems south of the Canadian border. Few animals command such immediate awe and respect in my mind. As a Montanan I am grateful we have not gone the route of allowing trophy hunting of these animals, as is the likely trajectory for neighboring Wyoming and Idaho.