Rick and I stopped at the Montana Grizzly Encounter yesterday. We were on our way home from taking Nicole back to school in Billings. The MGE is just outside of Bozeman, and we've been there a few times before. We usually see Brutus & Sheena, but yesterday we were fortunate enough to see Jake & Maggi. They are both eight years old. They were rescued from a wildlife place in Oregon that didn't have the funding to care for them properly. Click here to read their story. Maggi is the lighter one and Jake is darker and much heavier.
The lady working at the Encounter yesterday was really sweet and told us a lot of things about the bears. She even tossed out some almonds for them, which they seemed to like a lot. MGE has five bears at the moment — Jake, Maggi, Brutus, Sheena, and Bella. Bella is the newest and is just a cub. I figured she wouldn't be on display yet. We were told that she will be in about another month. When we drive out to get Nicole for Christmas, I'm hoping we can stop by and see her as well. If you join their Facebook page, you'll find lots of cute photos and videos of the bears, including little Bella.
If you're ever in the Bozeman area, it's worth stopping by to check out the bears. The Encounter is right off I-90 and visible from the road. You park your car and then walk up to the enclosure. I was really happy to see so many people stopping yesterday. I imagine it's expensive to feed and care for grizzly bears, so it was cool to see people stopping. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Click on the link below for more details.