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Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Posted by Joe Scott at Oct 17, 2013 02:23 PM |

If we’re not successful and governments fail to take action to help grizzly bears on the west coast, grizzlies will lose another approximately 30,000 square km of range that they now just barely occupy.

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Grizzly bear power of story

Grizzly bear power of story

It's a great story of the resourceful grizzly bear that ambled into the Garibaldi-Pitt area - the kind of tale that can help people understand what wildlife like grizzly bears are up against and how they often manage to figure it out. Someone, too, had a keen sense of irony naming this female grizzly bear “Power” since run-of-river power projects are one of the main threats to her habitat. But grizzly bears in southwest BC definitely need help in the form of a recovery plan that safeguards their habitat and helps prevent human conflict. Power’s story could have easily been a short one.

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Short-changing mountain caribou

Short-changing mountain caribou

The US government is reviewing a petition to remove mountain caribou from protection under the Endangered Species Act. How does such a short-sighted approach serve any species’ genetic fitness or ability to adapt to a changing world? How and where do we resist the constant pressure of special interests to shrink the ranges of plants and animals to ever smaller, more ineffective patches of habitat?

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Be a grizzly hero!

Be a grizzly hero!

The way that North Cascades grizzly bears will recover is through natural immigration from British Columbia, lacking any movement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on a recovery plan for threatened Cascades bears. Yet we don’t even know how many bears there are remaining on the BC side of the Cascades. So we’ve launched a new project with our BC partners asking backcountry users in BC to report potential grizzly bear sightings using a new BC grizzly bear sightings hotline, 1-855-GO-GRIZZ. Hopefully this will help fill in the BC bear blanks and raise awareness of the plight of the southern-most grizzlies on the west coast.

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Grizzly bear thrills - and a transfusion

Grizzly bear thrills - and a transfusion

The PBS program Nature is showing three episodes this month featuring my friend Chris Morgan and the bears of Alaska. I’m thrilled for Chris and the success he’s achieved with his fresh, exciting, and unvarnished approach showcasing bears in some of the last remaining wild habitats on earth. This stuff gives me the chills; the good chills like you get when the knockout babe in history class gives you that “you may have a shot” look. I’m a “nature” show junkie and have seen hundreds of wildlife treatments. But this one is very visceral. It’s not without some sadness, however, that I watch such compelling programs. Grizzly bears have always been on the front lines in the battle against species extinctions in North America – first to go and last to return. And nowhere is that truer than in our Washington and British Columbia Cascades...

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Learning more about lynx

Learning more about lynx

Posted by Joe Scott at Mar 29, 2010 10:10 AM |

For someone with a juvenile sense of humor like myself, there is always some amusement to be found in most situations. And after two days and 120 clicks on snow machines in the Loomis forest, I was starting to think the highlight would be Department of Natural Resources biologist Scott Fisher’s rear end sticking out of a chicken wire trap meant for a 20-lb lynx.

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Holy melting glaciers, Batman!

Holy melting glaciers, Batman!

Ecologists have insisted for decades that our parks and protected areas are too small and disconnected to satisfy long-term conservation needs – way before Al Gore took to the stump with his Graphs of Disaster. Is the tide finally turning for the fate of wildlife in the face of global warming? Some new plans from the powers that be may just mean yes.

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