The Effect of Mountain Pine Beetle and Treatments on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Shrub and Forb Plant-Foods

forest photo in which single tree cut and burn has been practiced. stump in foreground, red needles on the ground, the rest of the forest is standing

This 2-page briefing note summarizes a recent paper looking at how to balance management of mountain pine beetle, grizzly bears, and caribou in Alberta.

Key Findings

  • Caribou and grizzly bear foods generally had more positive responses to natural disturbances like MPB kill and burned forest.
  • Less-intensive MPB treatments like single-tree cut and burn may balance the threat of MPB against maintaining food resources and habitat for threatened species.