Grizzly Bear concerns on central coast

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Reporting by CTV.

Raincoast believes that the most serious threat to coastal grizzly bears, both in the short term and into the future, is the lack of security for salmon. We first began sounding an alarm about extremely low salmon abundance in the fall of 2008 (read story).   Yet concerns for wildlife are not factored into management objectives for fisheries.   Given the importance of spawning salmon to grizzlies and other terrestrial wildlife, we see this gap in resource management as a significant oversight. We hope that our current research initiative on salmon and carnivores that examines the health of grizzlies relative to salmon abundance will inform these critical management issues.  The current lack of ability to corroborate anecdotal accounts about grizzly populations (whether collapsed or healthy) currently does not exit because the province has no baseline information.   This  information gap highlights the compelling need for our research on this matter.

Additional actions by Raincoast on low salmon numbers and concerns for grizzlies

Letter to Environment Minister September 2009

Silent Fall Monday Magazine November 2008, Island Tides November 2008,

To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.

All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.

Help us secure KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island). Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast is raising $2.18 million to purchase a 45 acre coastal property on the edge of the Salish Sea.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.