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Grizzly Bears Move Into Polar Bear Habitat in Manitoba, Canada

 


This is a grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos), photographed in Wapusk National Park,

Manitoba, Canada, on August 9, 2008. (Credit: Linda Gormezano)

 

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2010) — Biologists affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History and City College of the City University of New York have found that grizzly bears are roaming into what was traditionally thought of as polar bear habitat -- and into the Canadian province of Manitoba, where they are officially listed as extirpated. The preliminary data was recently published in Canadian Field Naturalist and shows that sightings of Ursus arctos horribilis in Canada's Wapusk National Park are recent and appear to be increasing in frequency.

"Grizzly bears are a new guy on the scene, competition and a potential predator for the polar bears that live in this area," says Robert F. Rockwell, a research associate at the Museum and a professor of Biology at CUNY. "The first time we saw a grizzly we were flying over the middle of Wapusk, counting fox dens, when all of the sudden Linda Gormezano, a graduate student working with Rockwell and a co-author of the paper, shouted 'Over there, over there -- a grizzly bear.' And it wasn't a dirty polar bear or a moose -- we saw the hump."

That sighting in August 2008 spurred Rockwell and Gormezano to look through records to get a better picture of the bear population in the park. There was no evidence of grizzly bears before 1996, not even in the trapping data from centuries of Hudson Bay Company operation. But between 1996 and 2008 the team found nine confirmed sightings of grizzly bears, and in the summer of 2009 there were three additional observations. ...

 

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Grizzly bears being killed in B.C. parks, protected areas: review

 

A mother grizzly bear and her young cub were spotted at Owikeno Lake outside of Rivers Inlet on B.C.’s coast in mid-January, raising concerns in the community of bears ending hibernation early.
A mother grizzly bear and her young cub were spotted at Owikeno Lake outside of Rivers Inlet on B.C.’s coast in mid-January, raising concerns in the community of bears ending hibernation early.
Photo Credit: Ian McAllister, Pacific Wild

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's parks and protected areas are graveyards for grizzly bears being shot by trophy hunters, the David Suzuki Foundation said Thursday after analyzing wildlife mortality records obtained from the provincial government.

Faisal Moola, the foundation's director of terrestrial conservation and science, said the finding is based on a review of 10,811 grizzlies killed in B.C. by humans from 1977 to 2009.

Of those, almost 90 per cent were legally killed by trophy hunters, many of them Americans with guide-outfitters, and the rest by various means, including road- and rail-kills, poaching, trapping and shooting the bears for posing a threat or nuisance.

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Faltering Light

A Visual Petition - Save the Grizzly Bears.

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Stewart says no bear hunting

JUNE 17 2009

Terrace BC

 

A “No Bear Hunting” area is being proposed along the 60 km stretch of Highway 37A between Meziadin Junction to Stewart and Hyder, which would ban hunting of the animal from mountain top to mountain top along the Bear Pass.

The Stewart Municipal Council passed the motion at its meeting June 8 in recognition of the animal being a large part of its tourism draw.

“It was just kind of something that council has been talking about for a while,” said District of Stewart Mayor Angela Brand Danuser. “We rely so much on tourism, and tourism is our bears.”

 

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http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/terracestandard/news/48288577.html

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Salcha homeowner kills three marauding grizzlies

I'd be interested in discussion about this action, and will post on the forum as well.


Salcha homeowner kills three marauding grizzlies
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/oct/17/salcha-homeowner-kills-three-marauding-grizzlies/


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Three bears caught

Three bears caught
Updated: Sun Oct. 12 2008 16:37:52

ctvcalgary.ca

Three orphaned juvenile grizzlies, that went missing after their mother was euthanized, were caught near Sundre on the weekend.

One male was trapped Saturday morning and the other male and female were captured Sunday.

On Friday, Fish and Wildlife officers shot the bear's mother after she mauled and killed a Didsbury man.

48-year-old Robert Wagner was attacked by the female grizzly while out hunting and was found dead in a wooded area on October 1, 2008.

All three cubs were caught in bear traps about 25 Km southwest of Sundre and were tranquilized and given a physical.

The little bears are in good condition and all three have been fitted with radio transmitters in their ears.

The bears are in transit and the plan is to keep the three little grizzlies together and relocate them to an area where there is no chance of human contact


If you want to visit the link here it is....lots of comments to read too
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/ ... algaryHome
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