Grizzly Bear concerns on central coast

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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.

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Research scientist, Adam Warner conducting genetics research in our genetics lab.
Photo by Alex Harris / Raincoast Conservation Foundation.