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Problem humans and the ecology of bear-human conflict

A black bear turns their head a little while sitting down comfortably.

Last month, in Penticton, BC a group of five black bears – three males and two younger females – had been spotted feasting on residents’ garbage. Conservation authorities were called in, and the five bears were shot dead. This came just a week after six bears were shot in over a three day period near […]

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Where bears, fish, and humans roam

A bear stands or floats in the water eating a giant salmon.

Transitioning between seasons can often push your senses to work overtime. This is especially true in summer and autumn in the Atnarko River corridor, where the river comes alive with Chinook, chum, pink, sockeye, and coho salmon runs. The smell of a river containing spawned-out fish is unforgettable, and one I have grown fond of. […]

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Salmonid species diversity predicts salmon consumption by terrestrial wildlife

A collage of images and graphs from a published peer reviewed article on salmonid species diversity and bear health: Hakai, Raincoast, University of Victoria, and Spirit Bear Foundation logos at the bottom.

Research by scientists at Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the University of Victoria, led by Christina Service, shows that salmon species diversity – the number of spawning salmon species available – is far more important and positively related to salmon consumption in coastal black bears than biomass abundance…

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Next step for safeguarding large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest

A wolverine stands in a stream below a log overhead, with a salmon head hanging from its mouth.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation, with the support of Coastal First Nations, has struck a deal to buy a fourth trophy hunting licence in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The exclusive commercial licence covers an area of more than 2,300 square kilometres of rich habitat for large carnivores, including grizzlies, black bears, Spirit bears, wolves…

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Where the salmon-loving bears roam

A sow and her cubs munch on grass at Grassy Point

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…

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