Bear Trust International (Missoula, MT)



  • Name:Dr. Melissa Reynolds-Hogland, PhD
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bear Trust International
  • Address:PO Box 4006
    Missoula, MT 59806
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:406.523.7779

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Bear Trust International is to help conserve wild bears, other wildlife, and wildlife habitat through three core program initiatives: Conservation Education, Wild Bear Research and Management, and Habitat Conservation. Bear Trust envisions a world where wildlife prospers in its natural habitat while co-existing with environmentally sensitive economic development.

  • History:
  • Among our many projects, Bear Trust has been developing innovative education programs for children, rooted in real-life environmental research. Our education goal is to teach children about science, math, wildlife conservation, and biology. We hope to empower and inspire children to become actively engaged in environmental conservation and in their communities.

    One of our education programs consists of grade-level appropriate lessons and supplementary materials that meet state and national science standards. Lessons will be designed to encourage student inquiry, use real data collected on wild research bears, and reflect the diversity of the targeted students and communities. This education material will be free to educators nationwide.

    Since 2000, Bear Trust has also been addressing the environmental issue of bear-human conflicts nationwide. In Alleghany County, Virginia, our Adopt-a-Dumpster Program incorporates both conservation and education goals. Similarly, our new Adopt-a-Dumpster Program in Bath County, Virginia will include both conservation and education goals. We have successfully incorporated conservation, research and education components into our Adopt-a-Dumpster Project in New Jersey, which is on target; Phase I will be completed spring 2010. Bear Trust is developing a similar conservation, research, and education project in the West. In addition, Bear Trust has an Adopt-a-Dumpster Project in Wisconsin.

    Bear Trust has also been involved in creating the black bear management plan for east Texas with several stakeholders, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Bear Trust has recently collaborated with research universities to evaluate human-bear conflict issues in Montana and Kentucky, the results of which will be used to help conserve wild bear populations and their habitat, and enhance their long-term viability. In Coahuila, Mexico, Bear Trust continues to work with cement company CEMEX to collect biological data on wildlife, including bears, and to restore critical wildlife habitat.

    In 2007, Bear Trust released The Bear Book, a compilation of real-life field stories by wildlife scientists, naturalists, and conservation enthusiasts. The Bear Book makes bear science accessible to the public and includes information about bear biology and bear safety. Bear Trust is currently developing a Teacher’s Guide for The Bear Book, which will be available for free in fall, 2010.

    Bear Trust is a proud founding supporter of the Outdoor Resources Network, an online media education program through the Wonders of Wildlife. In addition, Bear Trust has established a partnership with the Center for Wildlife Information and the North American “Be Bear Aware” and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign. On the horizon, Bear Trust will develop and publish a book for children based on real life experiences of a female bear biologist, the goal of which will be to educate and empower young children, particularly young girls.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:81-0527298

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:810527298
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% A C SMID PRES
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 4006
  • Organization City:MISSOULA
  • Organization State:MT
  • Organization Zip:59806-4006
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C340
  • Asset Amount:$33,345
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$149,552
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$138,302
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:24:46 am

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