This strategy has enhanced regulation and legislation in a way that adds additional protection to grizzly bears and strengthened a number of local bylaws to prevent human-grizzly conflict.

Improvements to legislation include:

  • Designating grizzly bears as a threatened species means that poaching one carries a potential $100,000 fine and/or six months in jail; and
  • Adjustments to the baiting regulations for wolves and coyotes to prevent conflict with grizzly bears;
  • The partial closure of a number of Wildlife Management Units to black bear baiting to prevent accidental killing of grizzly bears.

A number of communities in grizzly bear territory have introduced bylaws requiring residents to remove the items that attract bears to their property, such as garbage and bird feeders.

Some examples of these bylaws include:

To see the Crowsnest Pass bylaw related to garbage, read section 7.4:

To see the Crowsnest Pass bylaw related to wildlife attractants, read section 9:

Learn more about how the DNA analysis is used in the investigation into a grizzly bear poaching: