Grizzly bear

Grizzly with cubs along the banks of the Chilcotin River, British Columbia. Credit: Jeremy Williams.

Grizzly with cubs along the banks of the Chilcotin River, British Columbia. Credit: Jeremy Williams.

Learn more:  Our partner forum is hosting a webinar with local bear experts on March 3, 2017 from 10:30-noon (PST) to share information on grizzly bears in this transboundary landscape including timely recovery, monitoring, and conservation efforts in British Columbia and Washington.  Click here for more information and to register.

Grizzly bears once had the widest distribution of any bears in the world, including throughout Cascadia. But due to large scale habitat loss and related human conflict and decades of persecution, grizzly numbers and range have been reduced by 98% in the continental US. This iconic species is culturally and ecologically significant, particularly to indigenous communities in the Cascades and throughout western US and Canada.

Grizzly bears feed on a wide variety of plants and animals, and rely on large intact interconnected habitats. Because of their large home ranges and wide variety of habitat needs, grizzly bears are considered an excellent umbrella species, the conservation of which benefits a large number of other species; and an indicator of habitat quality and a range of ecosystem benefits, like clean water.

British Columbia has an estimated half of Canada’s grizzlies, but their range continues to contract in most of southern BC due to ongoing habitat fragmentation and associated human conflict. Washington’s North Cascades and BC’s Manning Provincial Park offer high quality habitat, but likely have fewer than 10 individual grizzly bears remaining. Cooperative recovery planning and related actions are needed on both sides of the Washington-BC border in recognition of adjacent habitats and the security needs of grizzly bears.

The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative recognizes grizzly bears as a conservation target in its Strategic Conservation Framework. Due to the importance of the species to our landscape and the high risk to Cascadia’s remaining bears our Partner Forum has selected grizzly bears as a priority conservation issue that we foster coordination, conservation planning, and information synthesis on throughout our network on.

 

Click on this image to view a short video hearing from partners in Cascadia speaking to why it is important for our Partner Forum to focus on bears in the coming year.

Click on the image above to view a short video hearing from partners from both sides of the border in Cascadia working on bear management and recovery as they speak to why it is important to them for our Partner Forum to make bears a priority issue at this time.  This video was produced for our 2014 Cascadia Partner Forum WildLinks meeting.

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