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A night with the grizzlies

Apr 11, 2014

On April 8 the Whistler community welcomed the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative at "A night with the grizzlies."

A night with the grizzlies

Chris Morgan: "What's good for southwest BC's grizzly bears is good for people too." Photo: Brad Kasselman/Coastphoto.com

On April 8 the Whistler community welcomed the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative at "A night with the grizzlies."

"It was an auspicious evening for southwest BC's grizzly bears," said Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott. "We had a very large and excited crowd." Conservation Northwest is the US representative on an initiative of BC conservation groups, including CPAWS and the Pemberton Wildlife Association, and the St'at'imc First Nation.

In the audience were First Nations people, local councilors, media, representatives form the forestry and energy industries, and scores of interested citizens. Two hundred-fifty people attended in all. They were treated to an entertaining and informative evening about the five threatened grizzly bear populations in an arc of grizzly bear habitat outside Vancouver.

Bear ecologist Chris Morgan, known for his wildlife work with BBC and the Discovery Channel, presented his work on bears in four continents. "What's good for bears," Morgan tells the audience, "is good for people."

BC government's Tony Hamilton updated attendees on the status of the five most endangered grizzly populations in southwest BC.

And Coast to Cascades Field Director Johnny Mikes asked people to join the Coast to Cascades initiative. "We can save these grizzly bears," he said. "Together we can bring Coast to Cascades grizzly bears back to self-sustaining numbers by working cooperatively to address the root causes of regional declines." 

Grizzly bears are in dire straits in the Coast to Cascades regions of southern BC and northwestern US. The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is a collaborative effort to stem the ongoing loss of grizzly bear range and habitat and promote grizzly bear recovery in the transboundary ecosystems of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington State.

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