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A black bear forages in the estuary with the tide out.

As modern scientists, we frequently deal in abstraction. We are separated from the species and ecosystems we study often by hundreds of miles, bureaucratic bubbles, cloistered campuses, and the machinations of innumerable statistical analyses whirring silently away in the electric flatness…

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B.C.’s human-wildlife conflict response needs reform

A happy large black bear walks down the road.

Recent events have raised important legal questions about the policies, practices, and procedures of the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) for responding to human-wildlife conflicts. This past summer was marked by multiple encounters involving people and black bears in the Lower Mainland, with accompanying BCCOS-related controversy as well. In a high-profile incident in Coquitlam, […]

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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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