We went there last year and it was really good. The people helping out there are nice and friendly. You can go away and come back without paying additional entrance fee. You might want to do just that as not all bears are in the yard at the same time. The owner was helpfull, even giving us some ideas of what to do in the meanwhile, killing time until the other bears are coming out. So we've managed to see all the bears at the sanctuary during that day and also visited the museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, that wasn't even in our plans. That was better than expected.
We've learned more about bears, especially grizzlies, in a few hours than we've ever done before. It was also the only possibility to view and take photos of grizzlies that we've had. There is a fence between you and the grizzlies but it is built in a way to provide a good viewing, though safe, possibility without any disturbing net and such.
The owner is really passionate about what he is doing and he's quite keen on educating the public in order to ensure that his furry friends have a good life. He told some horrifying stories about people having some strange ideas about grizzlies making good house pets, It usually ends up with these poor bears ending up in small cages, understimulated, not cared for, sad and depressed, and (mentally) injured for life. They are doing this only with private fundings, meaning that they need all the income they can get to provide for these bears. The only thing that could be improved is the outdoor playground and rest area size for the bears that the public can help out with by donating money and/or buying the grizzly gifts sold on site. Definetely worth a visit.
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