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?”
WHY BEARS? To watch a short film for classroom or community viewing that shows the importance of bears to ecosystems, and to people, click here. Because we all depend on the same things for healthy living.
Here’s a little snippet of what peaceful coexistence looks like, as Hank, the residing monarch, grazes and ambles his way past a lodge.
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.
For a contemporary understanding of the true nature of Grizzly Bears, read the article by Gary Bradshaw and Charlie Russell here
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.
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