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 …

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 …

Reducing Human-Grizzly Bear Conflict in British Columbia

The grizzly bear is an iconic Western species that is highly sensitive to habitat fragmentation. Grizzlies were extirpated from most of their range in North America in the 1800’s, and today persist in only the most remote wilderness areas. The grizzly subpopulation in British Columbia is especially important, as it connects bears in the contiguous …

Weekly Update: Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project

The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project is a fourteen year, ongoing research initiative on the elk population of the Ya Ha Tinda (YHT) ecosystem in Alberta. Once one of the largest migratory elk populations in Canada, the YHT herd has experienced significant declines since the mid-1990s. In 2013, SCI Foundation partnered with the University 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 …