We publish and distribute information on the history, ecology, conservation, management, and economic impacts of grizzly bears. In March 2017 we published the Report of the Board of Inquiry, presenting
the current state of BC’s grizzly bears, from why
they are important in our ecosystem to the effects
of human-bear conflict. The report provides recommendations to ensure a viable future for Canada's grizzly bears.
In May 2017, the Grizzly Bear Foundation appointed
a research advisory committee (RAC) to identify knowledge gaps and advise us on future research priorities. The RAC provides a well rounded opinion through the lenses of ecology, social science, traditional ecological knowledge, conservation and animal welfare to ensure we are considering a broad range of research opportunities.
Grizzly Bear Foundation supports conservation programs at the local and provincial level including land use planning with First Nations to conserve grizzly bear habitat and other strategies to sustain the grizzly population, particularly in regions where the bears are under threat of becoming extirpated.
We are currently developing strategies for human-grizzly coexistence and conflict reduction in rural BC, which will include a model bylaw toolkit and incentives to address bear attractants at the local level, a First Nations forum to assist communities in exploring strategies for coexistence, a best practices guide for forestry companies to reduce conflict
in resource development areas.
To ensure that the well being of grizzly bears is embedded in as much of our governments' decision making as possible, we're working with all levels of government to embed better conservation, planning, monitoring and enforcement in our laws and policies. This starts with terminating BC's trophy hunt, and goes beyond that to include long term stewardship, sanctuaries, species at risk laws, wild salmon conservation, and more.
We are building a community of grizzly bear advocates by sharing facts, articles, and videos of relevance to grizzly bears and the issues they face.
We are developing a grizzly bear education kit for elementary school children, ensuring young minds have the tools and resources available to them to develop respect for, rather than fear of, grizzly bears. The kit will be piloted in a BC school district in
the coming year. We also have an electric fence
and bear spray program underway and will be publishing and distributing a best practices guide
for rural communities.
You can participate and learn more about
grizzly bears by following and sharing our social media posts, signing up for our newsletter,
getting a deck of our Grizzly Bear playing cards for your friends or family (coming in September 2017),
or becoming a Grizzly Guardian (an educational program launching at Night of the Grizzly
in September 2017).
Click the image above for access to our published resources.