Wyoming Wildlife Foundation Providing Grants for Bears

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation will provide grants to support work relating to bears. (Courtesy photo)

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation will provide grants of up to $5,500 to support research, habitat protection, education and other similar projects for all species of bears through the 2016 Memorial Bear Fund.

A request for proposals has been issued, and proposals from agencies and organizations will be accepted until Oct. 3.

The Memorial Bear Fund was set up in 1992 to honor the memory of biologists Kirk Inberg, Kevin Roy and pilot Ray Austin. All three were killed while conducting a grizzly bear telemetry flight in northwest Wyoming in 1991. Pilot Fred Reed was also killed in a plane crash in northwest Wyoming in 1995 while conducting bear research.

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Contributions to the Memorial Bear Fund are used to finance projects for all species of bears, with an ultimate goal of establishing a permanent fund to support bear-related projects annually.

Those interested in applying for a grant are asked to access the application at http://wyomingwildlifefoundation..., then Memorial Bear Fund.