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Salmon 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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New dietary study reveals salmon hotspots for grizzly and black bears across 700,000 square kilometres

A bear in Mussel Inlet.

This study represents a decade of work covering an area reaching 1000km into BC and provides resource managers – Indigenous and Western alike – with dietary information from hundreds of bears across thousands of square kilometres, shedding light on the ecological interconnections of ecology in the expansive bear-salmon-human system…

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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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The bear necessities of the salmon fishery

Grizzly wades through water with salmon in its mouth

Vancouver Sun

As Earth Day approaches on Sunday our thoughts turn to two of the most iconic species in BC, wild salmon and grizzly bears, as well as their intertwined relationship and how the choices we make are inextricably linked to their fates…

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Hungry grizzlies enticed into giving away secrets

Members of Heiltsuk First Nation have set up bear hair snare stations to learn more about coastal grizzlies and, helped by data-sharing with Raincoast, a scientific analysis of the bears’ diet and movements is being compiled…

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