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Linkages between forestry practices, ungulate abundance, and the habitat use and performance of grizzly bear in and adjacent to woodland caribou habitat

This project will improve our understanding of how forestry practice is affecting ungulates and how grizzly bears are responding.

This project will determine how forestry in west-central Alberta is affecting ungulate populations, including moose, elk, and deer. It will also investigate whether ungulate availability affects grizzly bear movement, behaviour, body condition and reproduction.

The second part of this project is to understand how grizzly bear's respond to harvested and unharvested areas adjacent to caribou zones. We want to know how resource availabilty is influencing their movement and behaviour.

  • April 1 2016

    Project Begins

    Progress update:Teams begin collaring grizzly bears

  • June 2016

    Bears Collared

    Progress update:Field crew begins visiting "cluster sites"where collared bears spend >4 hours

Influence of daily temperature on grizzly bear habitat selection

Peer-reviewed publication from the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program.

Grizzly bear movement patterns near roads

Article from the journal Biological Conservation based on research from the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program.

Effects of habitat quality & disuturbance on grizzlies

Peer reviewed publication from the fRI Research Grizzly Bear program, in Canadian Journal of Zoology

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