Bears -- Biology, Conservation
This page updated 4/9/99
"Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds
and drink of the same waters. A bear's days are warmed by the same sun, his
dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs
with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from the same fountain..."
(John Muir...upon finding a dead bear
Ed.note: Remember to always check with local
rangers for "local bear conditions" -- proper behavior varies depending on
location, species, season and other variables.
A clean camp, proper food
storage and being educated about the "local bear conditions" are critical
elements of visiting safely in bear habitat. (Georgia
The case against feeding wildlife - Why human
provided food is NOT love to wildlife
Bear safety -- for both bears and humans
National Park Service Bear Facts; The Essentials for Traveling in Bear
Bear safety -- for bears
Bears.org - "dedicated to the preservation of accurate bear
Mailing and discussion list web:
Bear Watch - Working to protect grizzly & black bears in British
Box 405 Ganges PO,
Salt Spring Island, B.C. V5N Canada V8K 2W1
Phone: 250-537-2404 Toll Free: 1-800-836-5501
Great Bear Foundation
P.O. Box 9383
Missoula MT 59807
"...dedicated to the conservation of wild bear populations and their
International Association for Bear Research & Management
The International Association for Bear Research and Management
(IBA) is a non-profit tax-exempt (US Tax ID# 94-3102570) volunteer organization
open to professional biologists, wildlife managers and others dedicated to
the conservation of all species of bears. The organization consists of several
hundred members from over 20 countries. It supports the scientific management
of bears through research and distribution of information. The IBA sponsors
a triennial international conference on all aspects of b ear biology, ecology
and management. The proceedings from these conferences are published as
peer-reviewed scientific papers in a series entitled Bears-their biology
Spirit Bear preservation (rare white American black bear)
Spirit Bear Web:
Cooperative effort between: Great Bear Foundation (contact info on
this page), Valhalla Wilderness Society
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
and Charlie Russel (see info on this page).
The Bear Den
"For bears everywhere, and for those humans who are on their
Vital Ground Foundation
John Weaver, Ph.D., Executive Director
P.O. Box 2971, Missoula, MT 59806-2971 U.S.A.
Phone / Fax: 406.542.5470
"A national non-profit foundation devoted to habitat conservation for grizzly
bears and associated plants and animals in Montana...our mission is to return
a portion of the living landscape to that witnessed by Lewis and Clark, when
the native carnivores like the Great Bear still ventured out onto the Great
From Georgia Stigall/Native Habitats:
Bears are intelligent and opportunistic animals -- just like humans! As
such, they are particularly susceptible to being habituated to human-provided
food. When travelling in bear country, it is critical to use proper
food storage techniques so bears are not "set up" for getting in trouble.
For a bear, "food" includes all food items including coffee, vitamins,
garbage, sunscreen, lip balm, soaps, cosmetics, etc. Humans living
in bear habitat should carefully secure garbage, pet food and other attractants.
Every year government agencies kill bears who have become "problem bears"
as a result of human carelessness. Keep bears healthy and wild -- and
keep your food and gear safe -- by keeping your food and related items securely
stored. Always check with the local rangers regarding "local bear
conditions", as proper behavior and food storage methods vary depending on
location, species of bear, time of year and other factors.
Remember...a fed (by humans) bear is a DEAD (by
(Georgia Stigall, Native Habitats)
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