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Research to Support Recovery and Long Term Conservation of Grizzly Bears in Alberta

This project develops population recovery targets based on habitat, and non-invasive techniques for monitoring grizzly bear reproductive performance.

The Alberta Provincial Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan (2008–2013) identifies actions needed to achieve grizzly bear recovery. New scientific data is needed to help direct recovery efforts, to achieve and document recovery of this threatened species. This research initiative focuses on:

  1. the development of science-based population recovery targets estimated from grizzly bear habitat capabilities and grizzly bear landscape energetic requirements
  2. the development of innovative non-invasive techniques for monitoring and a greater understanding of grizzly bear reproductive performance.
  • April 1 2012

    Project Begins

    Progress update:The project kicks off, led by Gordon Stenhouse.

  • Summer 2012

    First Field Season

    Progress update:Collection of hair from free ranging Alberta bears and WSU Bear Center.

  • 2012

    Habitat Research Underway

    Progress update:Monitoring & modelling landscape change and grizzly bear food production begins

  • 2013

    Hair Analysis Underway

    Progress update:Lab testing and statistical analysis of hormones in hair begins.

  • April 2013

    First Published Journal Article

    Progress update:Peer reviewed publication in Applied Vegetation Science on vegetation phenology.

  • Summer 2013

    Second Field Season Begins

    Progress update:Monitoring, modelling, and hair collection.continues.

  • 2014

    Surge in Publications

    Progress update:Five more peer reviewed papers are published from this research.

  • Summer 2014

    Third field season

    Progress update:Continued collection, monitoring and analysis of data. GIS tools developed.

  • 2015

    More Publications

    Progress update:Three more journal articles published.

  • July 2015

    Project Complete

    Progress update:Final technical report submitted to partners.

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