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The elusive spirit bear of B.C. may be facing a threat: the grizzly bear

The spirit bear, or Kermode Bear, walking through the forest of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The large, white bear trundles through the underbrush of the Great Bear Rainforest, sniffing the ground beneath its feet. Unbeknownst to the giant beast, he is being watched by a set of mechanical eyes – a remote camera – intent on discovering whether or not this bear is in danger of losing its feeding ground.

This isn’t a polar bear, nor is it an albino bear. It is a bear of many names – spirit bear, ghost bear, Kermode bear, or moskgm’ol. Scientists estimate that one in ten black bears is white, a result of two parents carrying a particular gene.

The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

It is here, mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.

The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years. They didn’t often speak of it, but it is being talked about now.

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Great Bear Rainforest Agreement another step closer to full implementation

Great Bear Rainforest

Five forestry companies and three leading environmental groups have agreed on recommendations for a world-class conservation plan to protect and sustainably manage BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, the largest coastal rainforest in the world.

Established in 2000 and dubbed the Joint Solutions Project (JSP), the collaborative effort has already positively influenced land-use planning and reduced conflict over logging throughout the region.

The latest recommendations would implement ecosystem-based management throughout the region, affecting the scope of future logging along BC’s central and north coasts, while ensuring extensive conservation measures to protect the area’s natural ecology.

Read the full story here.

Yellowstone Grizzlies Under Threat

Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone’s Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor – from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change.

Grizzly bear trophy hunting in Yellowstone National Park may resume in 2014 if the proposal to remove the bears from the protection of the Endangered Species Act is approved later this year.

The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Committee recently recommended to the US Fish and Wildlife Service that the bears be de-listed.

The advice followed the publication of a controversial report by the Inter-Agency Grizzly Bear Study Team on 2nd December: Response of Yellowstone’s Grizzly bears to changes in food resources – a synthesis.

In summary, the Synthesis report argues that the Park’s grizzlies are doing just fine, indeed that they are now limited in numbers only by the Park’s “carrying capacity”.

However other scientists contest the Synthesis Report’s findings and criticise it as incomplete, flawed and “politically motivated”.

Read the full story here.

Hooked on garbage, Nevada bears quit hibernation

Nevada Department of Wildlife officials release a bear captured in August this year.

A black bear stopped skiers in their tracks and made headlines last week when it ran across a busy ski slope near Lake Tahoe. January is usually peak hibernation season, but Nevada wildlife officials say many bears have been skipping or delaying their months-long snoozes in favor of loitering near houses and businesses to rifle through trash bins. The reason for the change in behavior: year on year of dry winters and an abundance of garbage in easy reach.

“Over the years during the light winters, some bears will sleep five or six days out of the week and wake up on garbage days when they know there will be garbage available,” Chris Healy, spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, told NBC News.

Last year was a dry year, and the NDOW responded to 97 bear calls. In 2009, a good year for snow, the rangers were only called out for about 40 bears.

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Ontario government likely to lose in controversial decision to reintroduce spring bear hunt

After 11 months at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Ontario, an orphaned black bear is released back into the Quebec wilderness on July 7, 2004

In what is likely to be a losing attempt to win rural votes in northern Ontario, the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne has quietly announced a proposal to allow municipalities to re-instate the controversial spring bear hunt for a trial 2-year period.

The government claims that allowing hunters to kill bears in the spring will be an “effective response to nuisance bear issues in the north.”

Such a statement contradicts all available scientific evidence, including that from the Ministry’s own wildlife biologists and the Nuisance Bear Review Committee, who note that reports of nuisance bear are linked to food supply, not population size or hunting seasons.

Ontario is home to an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 black bears. The spring bear hunt was cancelled in 1999, after staff from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) revealed that over 270 bear cubs were orphaned each year and left to starve to death as a direct result of the hunt.

 

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Spoil – Documentary on the Great Bear Rainforests under threat by DIRTY TARSANDS / OILSANDS

SPOIL – A powerful documentary on the Great Bear Rainforest by EP Films.

The film shows the splendour of nature with some beautiful photography. It highlights the nature we all want to protect, but our blinkered and incessant addiction to burn more oil, is helping to destroy.

Spoil is a lovely film and a perfect way to encourage us all to help protect and nurture nature and not destroy it for the sake of dirty oil. We need to stop buying dirty oil and move faster into clean renewable electricity.

Click here to watch video on Youtube.

New BC Government: Great Bear Rainforest Agreements Matter

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Since the historic Great Bear Agreements were announced in 2006, some progress has been made to protect the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world from logging—but not enough. Currently 50% per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest is off limits to logging, but 70% conservation is required to ensure the survival of iconic regional species, like Spirit Bears and thousand-year-old Western red cedars.

The current government of British Columbia has really been dragging its heels on fulfilling its promise to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Tell the incoming BC government to start their term off right by honouring the Great Bear Agreements within the first 100 days in office.

For more information on the petition, click here:

New BC Government: Great Bear Rainforest Agreements Matter

Court Upholds Ban on Importing Dead Polar Bears to U.S.

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The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals this week upheld a decision to ban imports of polar bears shot and killed in Canada. The ban was triggered after the Center for Biological Diversity and allies secured Endangered Species Act protection for polar bears in 2008.

Hunters and Safari Club International challenged the ban but lost in court on Tuesday.

Earlier this year the same court rejected an attempt by polar bear trophy hunters and the state of Alaska to completely strip polar bears of their federal protection.

“It’s great that these legal protections have been confirmed, and now it’s time to move forward with actually protecting the bear,” said Kassie Siegel, director of the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “In addition to rapid greenhouse pollution cuts, we need to stop the international trade in polar bear parts, curtail polar bear hunting, and protect the bear’s Arctic habitat from oil development.”

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Polar Bears

The Adventures of Barry the Bear

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The Adventures of Barry the Bear by Nick Hutchinson

This Kickstarter Project was successfully funded $5,195 within 28 days

Barry the bear lives in his cave by the sea. Find out what happens when he discovers an old redwood log and learns how to surf. Barry the Bear lives in his comfortable cave by the sea. By day, he likes to go to the beach and watch the surfers ride the waves. He also likes to strum his guitar and exercise. One day Barry finds an old redwood log and decides to learn how to surf. Find out what happens when Barry meets the surfers and introduces them to his friends Walter the Weasel and Ollie the Owl.

The Adventures of Barry the Bear