Grizzly Info.

 Film and Documentaries

The Edge of Eden – Living with Grizzlies by Jeff & Sue Turner (Canada), 2006

This documentary follows the remarkable relationship of Canadian naturalist Charlie Russell with rescued orphan grizzly cubs in Russia who he “mothered” and taught to survive on wilderness home range of Kamchatka peninsula.  The film shows how human fear of grizzlies perpetuates negative mythology that surrounds these intelligent bears and is driving them to extinction.

 

For a moment of healing, reflection and renewal with a B.C. Grizzly Bear, watch here.

Thanks to the Kitasoo-Xai’xais Stewardship, Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Wuikinuxv Stewardship, UVic Applied Conservation Science Lab and Raincoast Conservation Foundation for this research film footage.

The TED talk by Carl Safina titled “What are animals thinking and feeling?” is a must-watch for anyone who has looked at an animal and wondered “Who are you?”

Here’s a little snippet of what peaceful coexistence looks like, as Hank, the residing monarch, grazes and ambles his way past a lodge.

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Articles

For a contemporary understanding of Nature as a source of profound kinship and connection to human beings, read:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bear-in-mind/201310/right-manners by Gay Bradshaw and Charlie Russell

For a basic overview of Grizzly Bear biology, behaviour, co-existence and other links, refer to Western Wildlife Outreach and David Suzuki Foundation

Securing a National Treasure: Protecting Canada’s Grizzly Bear by Jeff Gailus (Canada) on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, 2013

A comprehensive report using data provided by provincial and territorial governments and independent scientists to assess the status of all grizzly populations in Canada.  It makes the case for Grizzly Bears to be listed and protected under the federal Species At Risk Act.

Confronting Uncertainty in Wildlife Management: Performance of Grizzly Bear Management: by Kyle Artelle, Sean Anderson, Andrew Cooper, Paul Paquet, John Reynolds, Chris Darimont, 2013

Abstract: Uncertainty poses a central problem in wildlife management.  Discrepancies between expected and realized mortality levels underestimate the magnitude of mortality that a population such as grizzlies can withstand without experiencing long-term declines or other deleterious effects.

In the Matter of Hunting Grizzly Bears: The Science and the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia: by Melanie Clapham, PhD Conservation Biologist, August 2016 – full text of this document is also on the Call to Action page of this website

This document was prepared by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC, with the expertise of Dr. Melanie Clapham, is a rebuttal to the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia press release titled “Did You Know”.  Both documents were circulated to all MLAs in the province.  Dr. Clapham has  extensive first-hand knowledge from her own bear research and is a highly reliable source of knowledge about Grizzly Bears.

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Books

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest by Ian McAllister, 2014

Stuning photos and personal narrative from the author’s years of research and experience with wildlife, including the magnificent Grizzly Bear, at home in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change by Kathleen Dean Moore, 2016

Kathleen Dean Moore is an environmental philosopher and nature writer whose intuitive sense of the natural world cultivates the art of watching or, in her words, “paying joyous attention”.  This is a beautifully written book that reflects a way of seeing that will be needed if we are to co-exist in harmony with Grizzly Bears and all other beings.  Ms. Moore lives in Oregon and writes from a little cabin on Chichagof Island, Alaska, which has the highest population of bears per square mile of anyplace on earth.

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