Author: sitemaster

Having a Scratch

One of the first video clips to come from our new grizzly bear science project. Taken on a hidden trail near Grizzly Bear Ranch earlier this month. (Sorry - the audio is not local. But it seemed to fit.)...

A new science project: mapping the grizzly bears in our valley

Every guest we have that comes to view grizzly bears contributes to our conservation fund. In 2016 we have taken about a quarter of that fund and used it to start a project with the Brown Bear Research Network to try and find out more about...

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Grizzly Bear Inquiry launched in BC

The Grizzly Bear Foundation has launched a board of inquiry to review the status and future of grizzly bears in British Columbia. The three person board, whose members include Chairman Michael Audain of Vancouver, Stuart McLaughlin of West Vancouver and Suzanne Veit of Victoria, will...

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Grizzly Bear Airways flies again

I have an overdue confession to make. On 1st Sept 2012 I crashed my new airplane. I kept fairly quiet about it at the time, though some of you - especially those who have been at the ranch in the last couple of years - may...

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It’s time Canada did better by its bears

The killing of a black bear by a US hunter with a spear in Alberta has caused public outrage. What has shocked is not so much the cruelty involved - the bear survived it's initial injuries and ran off into the forest before it died -...

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British Columbia source of ‘vast majority’ of bear trophies

According to a new article in the Globe and Mail, British Columbia is the source of the vast majority of bear trophies. With hunters shooting around 240 grizzlies a year in the province and guided hunts taking about 30 percent of those, the total income...

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Grizzly Bear Ranch – The Movie

In all the long years I worked as a journalist, I never really worked with television. Once in a while I might be caught on the margins of a wide pan at a well-covered newsy event, and one time my Mum claims (possibly falsely) to have...

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Grizzly hunt set to become BC election issue in 2017

With several different groups now campaigning to end the grizzly hunt in British Columbia, it could become an election issue in the provincial poll next spring. An article in the Victoria Times Colonist makes the case for a ban. Click here to read the article in...

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Grizzly bears down 40% in some parts of BC where hunting permitted

A new study out concludes that grizzly numbers have dropped dramatically in SE British Columbia. I have been talking to the scientists on this one and it is even more significant than it first appears. What it effectively means is that the government-managed hunt in parts of...

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BC’s Auditor General to look into grizzly hunt

B.C.'s auditor general will look into the province's controversial grizzly bear hunt to see if the government is managing the animals properly. The David Suzuki Foundation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre asked for an investigation after a study they conducted suggested the limits...