Grizzly Bears are under pressure from hunting, habitat loss and declining food supply. In 2005, Raincoast and its partners at the Institute of Ocean Sciences and the University of Victoria, published a paper on an additional concern, the threat from global pollution.

This paper documented the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (such as DDT and PCBs) in grizzly bears. It also documented newer chemicals known as brominated flame-retardants. POPs, including flame retardants, are bio-accumulative toxins that act as hormone mimics once inside the body. Flame retardants are currently doubling in the BC environment every four years.

To learn more about our second study, which examines how hibernation affects these chemicals, check out the Grizzly Bear Contaminant Project. Also read Raincoast’s appeal to Environment Canada on the need to ban all forms of flame retardants.

Become a Raincoaster

Monthly giving enables you to protect what you love. For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. We have big plans and with your help we will: 

  • End commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.
  • Acquire land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems.
  • Support the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and so much more.
Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
Chris Genovali, Executive Director

Protecting biodiversity is the most important gift we can give the next generation. Join us as a Raincoaster today!