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Christopher Servheen


Professional Wildlife Biologist


Christopher Servhenn retired from being the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in April of 2016 after 35 years. Servhenn has been at the University of Montana since 1982. As the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, he was responsible for coordinating all the research and management on grizzly bears in the lower 48 states and working closely with grizzly biologists in Alberta and British Columbia.

Servhenn was the EIS Team Leader for the Bitterroot Grizzly Bear Reintroduction EIS and was responsible for the final rules recovering and delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly population in 2007 and in 2016. His interests involve bear conservation and management and the relationships between human activities and bear distribution and survival.

Servhenn has worked in many countries in Asia and in Europe on bears and bear conservation including Japan, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Laos, Greece, Austria, France, and Spain, and I was a Fulbright Scholar in Greece in 1994. He was the co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group for 12 years. He is particularly interested in the trade of bear parts for use in traditional medicine in Asia and the impact of this trade on Asian bear conservation.

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