Coastal Carnivores

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Monitoring and RESEARCH

By placing remote wildlife cameras and non-invasive hair snagging stations in areas that carnivores frequent, we can gather information to learn about the local grizzly bears, black bears and sometimes even wolves and cougars. We discover where they roam and how they behave, while providing added value to local ecotourism and school programs.

Our current monitoring efforts are focused on monitoring bear populations in the lower portion of the Wakeman River in the traditional territory of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN), who are partners and colleagues in the program. Beginning in 2017, this multi-year program aims to monitor 1) detections of individual bears and 2) their movements within the watershed throughout the spawning season of four species of Pacific salmon. Data are co-owned by Sea to Cedar and the KHFN. We support community members and summer students from the KHFN to join the bear team August through October in the Wakeman. 

We are grateful to the KHFN, Salmon Coast Field Station, and Nimmo Bay Resort in supporting the field logistics of this program. 

We do this as part of a broader carnivore monitoring collaboration, led by Coastal First Nations, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the Spirit Bear Research Foundation.


EDUCATION

We share wildlife cameras with local school programs in the coast to encourage students to learn about their carnivore neighbours and be stewards of the region. Contact us at info@seatocedar.org if you are interested in participating as a contributor or educator in this program.

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