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.
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Giving to Raincoast enables you to protect what you love most.
For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. Thanks to your generous donations, among many other accomplishments, we have been able to end commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in over 38,000 square kilometers of the Great Bear Rainforest, begin acquiring forest land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, aid recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and establish a university research lab dedicated to applied conservation science. Strong partnerships are integral to our success.
Our efforts need to be maintained and advanced, now more than ever. As the biodiversity and climate crises collide, your support allows us to continue to make tangible conservation gains.
Biodiversity protection is the most important gift we can give the next generation. Join us as a Raincoaster today!