Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 4609001

    South Purcell Mountain Grizzly Bear Project [2006/07 Project Description Only]
Project lead: Tembec Industries Inc.
Imprint: Cranbrook, B.C. : TEMBEC Industries Inc., 2006
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Grizzly Bear, British Columbia, Habitat
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
The goal of this project is to use research and management to begin recovery efforts of the small fragmented grizzly bear population in the south Purcell Mountains south of BC Highway 3. This trans-border population is threatened in British Columbia (Hamilton et al. 2004) and the US (USFWS 1993) and at the southern edge of a contracting distribution (Mattson and Merrill 2002) (Fig. 1). The federal designation for the grizzly bear in Canada is special concern (COSEWIC Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). Recent research suggests that this is a small (< 50 bears including the US portion) declining population (-3.7%/year; Wakkinen and Kasworm 2004) experiencing limited female connectivity with adjacent populations resulting in an elevated conservation risk (Proctor et al. 2005). This project is a part of a larger coordinated effort for recovery of the south Purcell and south Selkirk populations that is being integrated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the BC MoE. While the USFWS has been working on recovery efforts within the US for over a decade, the enhanced efforts within Canada began in 2004. Initially, we are focusing on reducing human-caused mortality, enhancing and re-establishing inter-population connectivity, improving habitat security, and public education (Proctor et al. 2004).
Michael Proctor, Chris Servheen, Wayne Kasworm, Tom Radandt.
Contact: Belcher, Marcie, (250) 426-9210,

Updated August 16, 2010 

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