Grizzly Bears: At the Heart of Terrestrial Conservation
Before Europeans arrived in North America, a vast network of grizzly bear trails existed between California and Alaska. Today, the southern extent of the grizzly’s coastal range has been lost to logging and urbanization while hunting extirpated the bears themselves long ago. Today, only a few isolated habitats are occupied by grizzlies below the 49th parallel. This is one reason why the Great Bear Rainforest is critically important – it acts as a stronghold for the southern range of North America’s coastal grizzly bear population, supporting Canada’s largest and densest concentrations of grizzlies.
Our vision is to ensure that coastal grizzlies continue their presence as the top carnivore and apex predator in the coastal rainforest. Their challenge is to survive cumulative threats to which they have no evolved defenses – diminishing salmon resources, rapid climate change, industrial forestry, trophy hunting and global pollutants. We must fully consider these impacts to take informed action that will ensure their long term survival.
Our current work
Over the last 15 years, Raincoast has been persistently working to remove and reduce the two largest threats to the long term presence of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) – habitat loss and hunting mortality. While we have made progress on both these fronts, both habitat loss and sport hunting continue in important parts of the GBR and Raincoast continues to address these issues. But increasingly, declining salmon stocks and climate change are superseding the historical threats to grizzly survival.
Ending the Grizzly Hunt
For over a decade, Raincoast has lead the campaign to stop the trophy hunting of grizzlies through purchasing the rights to commercial hunting territories.
Salmon Carnivore Project
Raincoast’s innovative Salmon Carnivore Project examines the relationship between the health of coastal grizzlies and salmon abunda
Grizzly Habitat Protection
Important gains have been made to protect grizzly habitat in key parts of the Great Bear Rainforest, but the loss of complex old-growth forests continues through other parts of the coast. In the face of other looming threats, access to desirable habitat is increasingly important and protecting grizzly habitat immediately necessary.
Chris Darimont explains “achievement” and hunter satisfactions in carnivore hunting
On August 29, Dr. Chris Darimont joined Pamela McCall on CFAX 1070. They discussed new research that can help shed light on what satisfies hunters and some of the implications for carnivore hunting in BC…
Raincoast executive director discusses the new grizzly bear hunting ban policy announcement
On Wednesday, August 16th, Chris Genovali joined Janice & Cory of Roundhouse Radio to talk about the NDP announcement to ban grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest…
New government moves BC into 21st Century by stopping the hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest
Raincoast is hailing the province’s announcement to end grizzly hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest. We await details of the government’s new policy but anticipate working with the province and First Nations to acquire the remaining commercial hunting territories…
Where the salmon-loving bears roam
After years of field work and collaboration, and months in the Raincoast lab, we’re very excited to share some insights from a new study, due for publication soon, that reveals habitat hotspots for grizzly bears across BC…