Grizzly bear management by the Government of Alberta is supported by innovative research programs at the Foothills Research Institute and several universities.
Researchers are currently investigating a number of topics, including:
- new ways to monitor grizzly bear population trends through time
- the effectiveness of relocation as a management tool
- the response of grizzly bears to changing forest landscapes
The Grizzly Bear Science Advisory Committee was established in 2008 to assist Environment and Protected Areasn identifying grizzly bear research needs. The committee comprises biologists and researchers from the ministry and the following:
- Foothills Research Institute
- University of Alberta
- University of Calgary
- Parks Canada
Members meet annually to discuss research priorities, and provide feedback to the ministry on the status of recovery actions. These meetings also allow researchers to share interim results with ministry staff, explore additional opportunities for collaboration, and develop research priorities.
Alberta government grizzly bear research projects
- Aversive Conditioning Project
- Long Distance Grizzly Relocation Project
- Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project
Other Alberta agencies conducting grizzly bear research
- Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Program
- University of Alberta Boyce Lab Project: Grizzly Bear Response to Encroaching Development in the Foothills of Alberta
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