For every guest that books with us, we take $100 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. Since 2016 we have been working with the Brown Bear Research Network/Bear ID Project to monitor and study grizzly bears using our watershed.
The aim of this project is to develop facial recognition software for grizzly bears which allow for much cheaper and more extensive inventorying of their populations.
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.