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Canadian bear biologist shares techniques for managing grizzly-human conflicts

Researchers are working to gather more data on the role of declining whitebark pine trees in the slowing growth of grizzly bear populations around Yellowstone National Park.

As bear populations continue to rise in the greater Yellowstone region and in other habitat areas, bear managers are sharing information about what works—and what doesn't—in their ongoing efforts to keep both bears and people safe. In Alberta, Canada, those efforts include using specially trained dogs to haze bears, adapting old shipping containers for use as bear-proof storage sheds and even airdropping stockpiled roadkill to the high country as a spring food source for grizzlies. Continue Reading →

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Canadian expert on human-bear conflicts to give four talks in greater Yellowstone area

Police Officer Christopher Pekema, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington state, right, holds on to Mishka, a Karelian bear dog, as Washington Fish and Wildlife officials release a black bear Aug. 3, 2011, in a remote area of the Cascade Range.

Honeyman will discuss lessons learned from innovative work with grizzly bears in Alberta, including aversive conditioning, managing waste and other attractants, herd and flock management practices to reduce livestock predation, and use of deterrents. He will also cover the use of Karelian bear dogs in deterring bears. Continue Reading →

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