A grizzly bear lies sleeping in a grassy meadow

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

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 work

For the last 20 years, Raincoast has worked persistently 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. In November 2017, the BC provincial government announced their commitment to finally end the trophy hunting of grizzlies in the GBR.  We will work alongside the province and First Nations to complete our acquisition of commercial hunting territories thus ending both the ‘Resident’ and ‘Commercial’ hunt in this antiquated ‘sport’ on the coast.  Increasingly, declining salmon stocks and climate change are superseding the historical threats to grizzly survival.

Ending the Grizzly Hunt

For more than a decade, Raincoast led the campaign to stop the trophy hunting of grizzlies. In 2006, we began purchasing the rights to commercial hunting territories.

Advancing grizzly science and knowledge of bear – salmon ecosytems

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 throughout BC.  In the face of other looming threats, access to desirable habitat is increasingly important and protecting grizzly habitat immediately necessary.

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