Grizzly bear (Photo by Thomas Drasdauskis)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Thomas Drasdauskis)

How to catch a grizzly bear

Michael Proctor, photo courtesy M. Proctor

Michael Proctor, photo courtesy M. Proctor

“I don’t take trapping bears lightly. I do it for hard core conservation.”

So says Dr. Michael Proctor, lead Canadian researcher with the Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project.

Michael works with the South Selkirk grizzly bear population, a small and threatened group of approximately 45 bears that roam the mountains around Nelson and Creston in BC’s West Kootenay.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Darkwoods Conservation Area forms an important part of their home range, and Michael has been catching bears to outfit them with radio collars since 2006.

 

How it works

The data gathered from the radio collars is transmitted via satellite to the researchers on the ground, forming a detailed picture of the movements of each bear for two to three years. Knowing where the bears go – and where they don’t go – is critical to guiding our efforts to protect habitat for these magnificent and ecologically important creatures.

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