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Notes from the (pre) field: “Caution – bear research in progress”

Kate Field and the bear research squad prepare for the imminent field season.

With spring comes organized chaos as graduate students and research associates transition from laboratory work, data analysis and writing, to a flurry of preparation for an upcoming season of monitoring bears on the central coast of British Columbia. We are headed to Gitga’at, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Territories to join…

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Black bears prefer waterfront

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
December 18, 2010

Remote waterfront property has its limitations when it comes to comfortable, long-term winter accommodation. None of that, though, apparently deters Vancouver Island black bears…

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Coexisting with bears

by Chris Genovali Edmonton Journal August 31, 2009 Re: “Bears kept eating as companions shot; ‘Serious public safety issue’ required quick action, official says,”.   The massacre — as one local resident described it — at the Conklin dump is a reminder of similar problems here in British Columbia with “control kills” of bears.

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