Each year, trophy hunters in British Columbia kill hundreds of grizzly bears for their heads, paws and hides. Those that support this slaughter claim it’s necessary to maintain balance in nature and provide economic advantages, yet conservationists and activists say otherwise.
Presented by Lush Cosmetics, Trophy challenges this controversial “sport” that exists across North America and asks: can we truly justify killing these animals for entertainment?
Lush Cosmetics makes fresh, handmade cosmetics including bath bombs, bubble bars, dry shampoo, shower gels, shower smoothies, luxury bath oils and more for all your bath, haircare and skincare needs. We’re also proud to support charities who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment through our Charity Pot program. Learn more about the organizations we work with at www.lushusa.com/charitypot.November 1, 2016
Go west, young bear
A wave of swimming grizzlies are ‘colonizing’ new B.C. islands
Two bears, a brother and sister, had “island hopped” to Alert Bay from the mainland. SBRF’s Christina Service explains this behavior in the context of grizzly bears moving to islands up and down British Columbia’s coast and discusses possible reasons for the new phenomena.September 26, 2016
Where the Spirits Roam
Canadian Wildlife Article
Sept + Oct 2016
Cormorant Island visit for two grizzly bears comes to an endSeptember 22, 2016
The Rarest Bear
Researchers and First Nations team up to help cream-colored black bears
This issue of Scholastic shares our research in a way that children will understand. We are thrilled that so many kids are going to learn about the Great Bear Rainforest, DNA and recessive genes, the cultural importance of bears to the Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and the importance of protecting habitat for wildlife. There are even Punnet squares!
February 15, 2016
SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) Community Initiative
SEAS Community Initiative is helping First Nations students in the Great Bear Rainforest take an active role in learning about the lands and waters of their traditional territory.
Spirit Bear Research Foundation is proud to work with the Klemtu SEAS program. Watch this video to learn more about SEAS and SBRF’s involvement.
To learn more: emergingstewards.org
Spirits of the Forest
Canada’s forests are home to ghostly bears that have a key advantage over their darker cousins, but incoming grizzly bears pose a new threat.
The ‘Grizzly Invasion’ section of this feature article by BBC Wildlife showcases our research on grizzly bear movement to islands.
The Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest
The white Kermode bear of BC is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homeland
Grizzly bear swims to Quadra Island
SBRF Director, Christina Service, speaks on behalf of this wandering grizzly bear @ 6 min 10 seconds. Christina reminds us that bears are intelligent animals and “as long as we respect their space, they tend to respect our as well”.June 25, 2015
Great Bear Sea Documentary
Spirit Bear Research Foundation in Great Bear Sea Documentary
This documentary explores how 18 First Nations and the Province of British Columbia (Marine Planning Partnership) have crafted marine plans for the Great Bear Sea to protect marine ecosystems and build sustainable coastal economies.May 2015
16×9 – FULL STORY: Bear Tracks
In the Great Bear Rainforest
In the Great Bear Rainforest – on the central and north coast of British Columbia — 36 remote cameras have been rolling for two years now – capturing bears — as you’ve never seen them before. And what it’s telling us about how these animals migrate, and why could have far reaching implications. For more info, please go to www.global16x9.com.
A Coastal First Nations led collaboration with researchers from leading academic universities provides remarkable insights into the importance of bears and other keystone species to the ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest. Or jump to the Spirit Bear Research Foundation clip from this video at www.vimeo.com/117965101
A film by BC's Coastal First Nations
When ‘Cheeky’ the bear is ambushed and decapitated in front of a lone witness, a chain of events is set in motion up and down the coast. You’re the next link. For more info, please go to www.bearsforever.ca/
Study Confirms Grizzlies Living on Unprotected Coastal IslandsJuly 24, 2014
The Austrian Tribune
Study Shows Expansion in Range of Grizzly Bears on B.C.’s central CoastJuly 24, 2014
Grizzly bears expanding their range on B.C. coast: new study.July 24, 2014
Grizzly bears expanding their range to central coast islands.
10:00am, starts @ 8min. 25sec.July 24, 2014
Canadian grizzly bears face expanded hunt.
Researchers protest that hunting quotas are not science-based
Grizzly outlook for hunted bears in Canada.April 9, 2014
Renewed hunting imperils Canada’s GrizzliesApril 10, 2014
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Global spotlight on British Columbia grizzly bear killMarch 24, 2014
BC Grizzly Hunt fails test of science, say experts
Government misrepresents the science it uses to justify decisionsMarch 23, 2014