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Grizzly bears in the Purcells at Jumbo Valley

Habitat for grizzly bears is shrinking - in the Purcells, by a planned Jumbo Resort.

Grizzly bear © Chris Weston-UK
Grizzly bear © Chris Weston-UK

Grizzly bears in southeastern British Columbia often travel between the Purcell Wilderness and Banff National Park. Their populations from over the border in Canada form the basis for recovery of grizzlies in Washington State.

Canada is source of big-roaming wildlife like grizzly bears, and Conservation Northwest has long worked to protect wild areas and wildlife in southern BC.

Bears in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern BC travel up and over the Jumbo Glacier to surrounding valleys in their quest for food and mates. The Jumbo Valley is a region of irreplaceable grizzly bear habitat. For 20 years, a billionaire developer has lobbied to create a mega-resort here; and local residents and the Ktunaxa Nation, to whom the bear is culturally crucial, have resisted a resort in this irreplaceable grizzly bear habitat.

That resistance continues despite the BC government’s steps in 2012 to approve the four-season Jumbo resort on 130,000-acres of Jumbo Mountain's grizzly bear habitat.

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"Keeping this core anchor sub-population healthy, intact and unfragmented is likely essential to maintaining the long-term self-sustainability of the larger Canadian regional Purcell-Selkirk grizzly, as well as maintaining the international grizzly bear distribution extending directly south into the US." -Dr. Michael Proctor, 2010, read his science letter
Ktunaxa Nation rally for grizzly bears, 2012
Ktunaxa Nation rally for grizzly bears, 2012

To allow roads and facilities construction, the government created the Jumbo Resort Municipality encompassing the wilderness area of the Jumbo Valley. The new municipality has a population of zero and an appointed council of 3.

The Ktunaxa Nation has vowed not to give up. It’s not too late to save a place that both people and grizzlies call home. The Ktunaxa have filed an application for judicial review of the approval of the Jumbo glacier resort, making a public statement on the importance of the area to their traditional, spiritual, and religious practices and beliefs.

There is still a chance to avert this all-season resort in an irreplaceable grizzly bear wilderness.

Learn more about the Ktunaxa (TANA'HA) Nation
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