For every guest that books with us, we take $100 ($150 for guests who book in the autumn) and put it into The Bear Called Apple Fund, named after our best-known grizzly bear who was shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. We also solicit direct donations from guests and well-wishers.
We spend part of the money we raise directly on bear science. In 2016-2017 Grizzly Bear Ranch conducted a joint project with the Brown Bear Research Network to monitor and study grizzly bears using our watershed.
We spend some of the fund on mitigating human bear conflict within the area that we live.
Some of that money is spent buying bear spray for residents, some on electric fencing costs and some on promoting programmes that encourage or help residents to manage their bear attractants (fruit trees, garbage etc..)
We are very proud of the fact that we also spearheaded a campaign to end grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia. After several years and many hundreds of hours of work we finally won a full ban from government in December 2017. We are now working with political parties to ensure that this ban is not reversed and make sure that it is implemented effectively.
Without you – our guests – we could undertake none of these activities and we would like to thank all those who have made contributions, either directly, or through their stay at Grizzly Bear Ranch.