Motivating People, Managing Bears: The 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop

  A bear is running at you at 30 mph, 44 feet per second, if it is 88 feet away, will be on you in 2 seconds flat. Bear spray takes roughly 2-5 seconds to deploy, and while it is roughly 92% effective. Firearms can be easier to use but are often slightly less effective …

Black Bear Management in the Modern World

As I drive through the woods of Pennsylvania, I pass Civil War battlefields and old colonial era towns on my way from Washington, DC into black bear country. Bears are increasingly active across these Appalachian hills, as spring brings warmer weather, fresh green up, and newborn fawns. I’m headed to a small mountain town called …

Chocolate Bear Baiting

Chocolate – rich and delicious. Everybody loves chocolate, and hopefully people are aware that it’s toxic to pets, especially dogs. But what you may not know is that chocolate is also toxic to wild animals and is an emerging issue for bears. Bears can come into contact with chocolate through the practice of baiting. Baiting is a common …

Florida Wildlife Commission Cancels Bear Hunt Despite Science

Despite the recommendation of the state’s own wildlife management experts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”) voted 4 to 3 not to hold a black bear hunt in 2016. Commissioners Aliese Priddy, Charles Roberts and Richard Hanas voted in favor of the hunt; Commissioners Brian Yablonski, Bo Rivard, Robert Spottswood, and Ron Bergeron …

International Bear Conference Highlights SCI Foundation Research

SCI Foundation sponsored and participated in the 24th International Conference on Bear Research & Management last week in Anchorage, Alaska. Biologists from five projects supported by SCI Foundation shared their research findings and discussed the potential management implications with scientists from around the world. The conference was officially opened with a blessing by Eklutna Chief …

Grizzly Bears and the Whitebark Pine

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially proposed to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), for the second time. The population stands at about 700 bears and its recovery is being hailed as one of America’s great conservation successes. However, the future of …

Weekly Update: The South Rockies Grizzly Project

The South Rockies Grizzly Project in British Columbia seeks to research “bottom- up” effects on bears, such as habitat or prey availability, as well as “top-down” effects like hunting and human development. The goal of the project is to balance hunting opportunity, human safety and conservation risk for grizzly bears in the southern Rocky Mountains …

SCI Foundation Funds Alberta Grizzly Project

SCI Foundation has recently partnered with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Parks Canada, and Alberta Parks, Tourism, and Recreation to fund a grizzly bear management analysis in Alberta. The project focuses on restoring grizzly bear populations to southwestern Alberta through population monitoring and conflict resolution. Its objectives are to examine changes in grizzly bear …

Black Bear Research Update

  During the past twenty years or so, multiple states have experienced increasing bear populations. Bears are recolonizing former range and expanding into areas now occupied by people. SCI Foundation is committed to understanding bear demographics and the potential influence that sex, age and seasons have on human-wildlife conflict. SCI Foundation has been assisting the …