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 …

SCI Foundation Visits New Predator-Prey Project in the Field

After a four-hour early morning drive from SCI Foundation’s Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill, we found ourselves on the top of a steep ridge miles into the thick and thorny woods on our hands and knees. We had traced the coordinates of a GPS-collared young male black bear to this exact location and were …

Local Conservation Projects Supported by SCI Chapters

Many SCI Chapters support conservation projects all around the world. SCI Foundation doubles the impact by awarding matching grants to these local efforts, increasing our on the ground footprint and diversity of conservation work. These projects range in scope from popular game species in SCI members’ backyards to anti-poaching operations and partnerships with state agencies …

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 …

SCI Foundation Conservation Highlights

Since 2000, SCI Foundation has funded over 80 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries. From white-tailed deer in your own backyard to African lions on the Serengeti plains, our research provides the the most accurate science to conserve species, improve habitat and support sustainable use management. To find out more, read our new Conservation Highlights HERE. This Conservation Highlights …

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 …

SCI Chapter Anti-Poaching Projects

SCI is built on a network of regional chapters that work to further SCI Foundation’s mission. SCI chapters often partner with state or provincial agencies to sponsor on the ground conservation initiatives. Through these efforts, many local wildlife conservation projects are completed. SCI Foundation supports these chapter projects, many that focus on anti-poaching, through our …

Florida Wildlife Officials To Reopen Black Bear Hunting Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is in the process of updating that estimate.  In 2002, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 bears resided in Florida. However due to a dramatic increase in reported sightings, they believe the population has grown significantly.  In response to increased human-bear conflicts and an alarming number of attacks …