Previous population inventories conducted by the Grizzly Bear Program and other groups have given encouraging population signs in some Bear Management Areas. This project will build on 23 years of data from the Grizzly Bear Program to support forest management and provincial recovery efforts for this species.
- Monitor survival, productivity and health of grizzly bear populations using targeted non-invasive genetic sampling and existing predictive habitat models
- Monitor habitat occupancy with changing landscape conditions and climate
- Monitor possible range expansion (eastern edges of BMAs) and determine landscape connectivity patterns that are supporting this
- Investigate new inventory techniques
Staff hired and trained; fieldwork protocol developed.
The crew begin setting up hair snag sites and collecting habitat data in BMA 3.