This project will assist the oil and gas industry and land managers to better understanding the response of grizzly bears to pipelines.
With continued development and expansion of oil and gas pipeline operations in grizzly bear habitat, it is important to gain an understanding of the potential impacts of pipeline development on grizzly bears. At the present time, there is limited research documenting how grizzly bears respond to pipelines in western Canada.
This project builds on current Grizzly Bear Program work to determine if bears are selecting or avoiding wellsites, and will specifically quantify grizzly bear movement patterns and use of pipeline RoWs.
Results from this research will help resource managers to understand and predict where, when, how, and to what extent grizzly bears may utilize active pipeline right of ways.