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Determining How Bears Use Gated Roads

Do gated roads protect bears from vehicle traffic?

More roads in grizzly bear habitat lead to more human-caused grizzly bear mortality. In an attempt to reduce these mortalities, there is an emphasis on controlling access to some roads in order to reduce the number of open roads density in Alberta's forests.

This project determines whether bears will recognize that it is safer and spend more time on roads behind gates. 

Related Programs:

  • August 2015

    Gate Surveys Begin

    Progress update: Primary and secondary access routes within grizzly bear habitat surveyed

  • November 2015

    Gate Surveys Completed

    Progress update: 1600 km of roads surveyed, locating 84 gates.

  • March 23 2016

    Final Report Published

    Progress update: Analysis completed and report delivered to AUPRF

Anja Sorensen

Research Staff

Terry Larsen

Research Staff

Gord Stenhouse

Program Lead

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