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Clearwater (BMA 4) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory

This DNA mark-recapture study uses hair snags to conduct the first repeat estimate of the population of grizzly bears in BMA 4.

This area Bear Management Area was previously surveyed in 2005, which estimated a population of 45 grizzly bears. It is bordered on the north by Highway 11, on the west by Banff National Park, on the south by Highway 1, and on the east by Highway 22.

This project will use similar methods to the previous 2005 survey, so that we can compare the results to see how the population has changed.

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  • January 2018

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Planning and preparation underway

  • May 2018

    Field Crew Trained

    Progress update: A week of safety, equipment, and of course, hair sampling training.

  • May 22, 2018

    Field Work Begins

    Progress update: Crews begin setting up hair snag sites.

BMA 4 Estimates of Grizzly Bear Population Size and Density

Final report for grizzly bear population size and density for the Alberta Clearwater Population Unit (BMA 4) in 2018 with comparisons to 2005 data.

BMA 4 and 7 Grizzly Bear Population Study Summary Materials

Summary of the BMA 4 and 7 reports, including a map and FAQs.

Photo Gallery: 2018 BMA Inventory Training

Pictures from the Grizzly Bear Program field crew training on May 11.

Public Notice: 2018 Inventory in BMA 4

Poster with general information for the public about the project.

Gord Stenhouse

Program Lead

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