The grizzly bear has been rapidly disappearing in the American West. There may be fewer than 800 left. It is believed that the last grizzly bear disappeared from the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado in 1979. But, there is now scientific evidence that there are a few still there.
A group of conservation biologists are making an effort to find and preserve the remaining grizzlies of that area with a novel approach: they avoid using federal protection laws in favor of a "land ethic" to protect the bears by convincing the local human residents that it is a good thing to have wilderness in their backyard. Leading this effort is Douglas Peacock, a grizzly authority and one of the strongest, more charistmatic environmental voices in the intermountain West. Looking for Bears is produced by Scott Carrier.