Bear Trust International is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, conservation organization governed by ten board members.  Bear Trust’s executive director works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental organizations and businesses to pool resources, talents, and time for the purpose of bear conservation worldwide.  In addition, Bear Trust mentors interns and hires specific talents to successfully complete Bear Trust program goals.

Executive Director:  Logan Young  Having grown up in the high country of the Northern Yukon, it was only fitting that Logan would find his way to a role advocating for the conservation of one of nature’s most misunderstood and majestic creatures, the wild bear.  The path to this point includes guiding and ranching for his family’s businesses throughout his childhood; hunting and guiding sheep and other wildlife from the time he was six years old and achieving the North American Youth Hunter of the Year award before he was old enough to drive.

Logan followed the conventional path into college on a rodeo scholarship and earned a degree in business with three minors in economics from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  While in Laramie, he met and married the love of his life, Courtney, and they now reside in Bozeman, MT with their German Shepherd, Bear Bryant.

This conventional road was only briefly traveled, as his passion for wildlife and wilderness brought him immediately back to the life he loves and to a new role as Executive Director of Bear Trust International which ignites his passion for promoting and protecting wildlife and wild places.

Growing up immersed in the family business, Midnight Sun Outfitting, has given Logan a great exposure to the beauty and wilderness of the Northern Yukon and has shown him its vulnerability.  He has always been heavily committed to conservation efforts in North America, and in particular he and his family have been long-standing supporters of the Wild Sheep Foundation where his family has been instrumental in growing membership.  Midnight Sun helped start the <1 Club with donations of sheep hunts in the inaugural years and his family continues to support the WSF in varied and significant ways.

Logan’s entire life has been surrounded by and consumed with wilderness, wildlife, and the elements that impact the sustainability of the land and its creatures.  He has witnessed throughout his life the importance of giving back through conservation organizations and projects that directly benefit wildlife and he is grateful and excited to be in a role that affords such immediate and direct impact to that which made him who he is.  While he has been fortunate to achieve many goals in his hunting career, none are more important than those that he has chartered to accomplish on this new journey with Bear Trust International.


Arthur-3Social Media Outreach Director:  Arthur Smid  Arthur manages Bear Trust’s social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Arthur is also helping Bear Trust with its online fundraising campaigns to help fund projects like the “Survival of the Sunbears” documentary. A bit about Arthur: He is a freelance writer and illustrator who has written short stories, songs, plays, and has performed in community theater.  Arthur has traveled through the U.S., Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Japan, Spain, The Czech Republic, and Germany.  His travels have expanded his understanding of world culture and led to work as a language teacher.  He has worked with the Madrid branch of Foster Wheeler, written stories for online publications, and completed three novel manuscripts (


Intern:  Tori Frailey  PHOTO COMING SOON! Tori is finishing up her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management with minors in both Biology and Writing from Grand Valley State University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tori is helping Bear Trust disseminate STEM lesson plans in their Student Scientist Series to science teachers throughout the Great Lakes Area and she’s providing our Bear Trust Telemetry Program to 225 kids in Michigan. Tori has gained prior experience by working with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and also by working in a captive wildlife setting at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. Most recently she finished an internship with the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana where she was a naturalist for the center and conducted educational programs for the public. Tori’s passion lies with all large predators, but bears have always been at the root of that passion. After volunteering in multiple den checks through the Michigan DNR, she has decided to pursue research-based work centered around bears in grad school in which she hopes to attend out west. In her free time you will find Tori in the woods exploring with her young boxer, Maggie.

Intern: Cathline Dickens  PHOTO COMING SOON! Cathline graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. She majored in Natural Resources at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Cathline is helping Bear Trust disseminate STEM lesson plans from Bear Trust’s Student Science Series in New York State. Her primary areas of interest are wildlife conservation, education, and rehabilitation. Cathline has worked with domestic and exotic animals in various venues Her most recent experiences include working with marine vertebrates, hoofstock, and psittacines. She completed two internships at the Aquarium of Niagara where she worked with sea lions, seals, penguins, sharks, and other marine vertebrates. She also interned with the hoofstock department at the Buffalo Zoo where she worked with bison, reindeer, gemsbok, addax, antelope, and zebras. Currently, she is volunteering at a wildlife center in Buffalo, NY where she is helping rehabilitate baby songbirds. In her spare time she can be found playing with her rescue dogs, hiking, and eating Mexican food.

Intern:  Rochelle Hart  PHOTO COMING SOON! Rochelle holds a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from Portland State University, a MA in Archaeology from University of Liverpool, and undertook two years of PhD-level research with the University of Reading and Museum of London. Rochelle is helping Bear Trust by providing content and articles for our e-newsletters. After spending 12 years living abroad, she is currently back in her hometown of Portland, Oregon working on post-graduate studies in wildlife biology and zooarchaeology at Portland State University. Rochelle is a Zoo Guide at the Oregon Zoo, where she works as a keeper assistant with the black bears and river otters, chairs and project manages the Western Pond Turtle survey project for the Environmental Conservation Outreach (ECO) team, and is an interpretive talker for the polar bears and black bears. She is also co-chair of the field trip committee for the Oregon Archaeological Society, and office manager at Cascade Forest Conservancy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, photography, digging in the dirt, reading, and playing guitar.

Intern:  Jay Cooney  PHOTO COMING SOON! Jay Cooney is currently an undergraduate student at Canisius College where he is pursuing a degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation with a minor in Anthrozoology. Jay is helping Bear Trust by providing content and articles for our e-newsletters. He has been an active research assistant with the Canisius Marineland Orca Research Project since August of 2016, studying captive beluga whales under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Noonan. Through this opportunity, he has recorded data on seasonal sexual behavior and individual differences in swim pattern. During the Spring of 2017, Jay was chosen to be part of a select group of Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation who conducted field studies along the Salish Sea ecosystem. In the summer of 2017, he was employed in the Education Department at the Erie Zoo where he taught young visitors and was trained in small mammal handling. For the past five years, Jay has been the author of a blog titled Bizarre Zoology which has garnered over 450,000 international views. His current writing platform, Animal in the Mirror, explores topics in the research and conservation of wildlife, while reflecting on our human-centered relationship with the biosphere. His future goals are to obtain a PhD in Conservation Behavior and enter Academia, with a special focus on the behavior and ecology of cetartiodactyls (even-toed hoofed mammals including whales). It is Jay’s hope that his writing can both educate readers regarding the breadth of our planet’s biodiversity, and inspire them to live consciously in accord with the preservation and well-being of our nonhuman animal kin.

Project Initiatives

Bear Trust focuses on 4 primary project initiatives: 1) Conservation Education 2) Bear Research & Management 3) Habitat Conservation 4) Conservation Policy

Contact Info

PO Box 10850
Bozeman, MT 59719
Phone: (406) 523-7779