About Us

We’re Working to Return Grizzlies to Their Home in California

The California Grizzly Alliance is working to recover grizzlies throughout as much of their historical range in the state as possible. We aim to achieve this goal by laying a strong scientific foundation, centering Indigenous Californian perspectives, engaging local communities, building a diverse coalition of supporters, and fostering a culture of coexistence between humans and wildlife.

Why Bring Grizzlies Home?
Grizzlies are central to California’s
heritage and ecosystems.
Right a historic injustice
Settlers hunted the grizzly to extinction in California even as they made it the state’s mascot. Recovering the bear would help to heal this historic wound, while restoring California ecosystems and recentering Indigenous Californian stewardship.
Restore California’s ecosystems
For millennia, grizzlies shaped California ecosystems, helping maintain healthy landscapes and biological diversity. Now, they should serve as the flagship species for a new era of ecological restoration, helping California meet the challenges of a changing climate and achieve the state’s commitment to conserve at least 30 percent of its lands and waters by 2030.
Ensure the grizzly’s future
Despite more than 40 years of recovery efforts, the grizzly population in the lower 48 states is only about 4 percent of its pre-European contact level. With grizzlies facing increasing threats from climate change, development, and political dysfunction, reestablishing grizzlies in California would help secure their future in the American West.
Revive a sense of wonder and inspiration
In places with grizzlies, the landscape comes alive. The opportunity to experience the revival of one of the world’s most iconic wild animal species would serve as a source of inspiration for future generations of Californians aspiring for new ways to thrive and heal the planet.
California Grizzly Alliance
Meet the dedicated team of researchers,
tribal leaders, wildlife advocates,
land managers, and community members
Peter Alagona
UC Santa Barbara
Brendan Cummings
Center for Biological Diversity
Octavio Escobedo
Tejon Tribe
Devlin Gandy
CA Grizzly Alliance
Cooper Freeman
Center for Biological Diversity
Alex McInturff
University of Washington
Landon Peppel
The Wildlands Conservancy
Ellen Pero
University of Washington
Beth Pratt
National Wildlife Federation
Rick Ridgeway
Fmr. Patagonia
The California Grizzly Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of
Supporting organizations
Show your support
This year is the 100th year anniversary of the last wild grizzly sighting in California.
Tell the California Senate to make 2024 the Year of the CA Grizzly.