In the early 1970s, the Fish and Wildlife Branch targeted coastal grizzly bears for further research to identify and rank specific research needs. The Research Section of the Fish and Wildlife Branch conducted a problem analysis. This analysis led to the following 1ist of research topics ranked in relation to the needs of management:
1. What are the seasonal habitat requirements of coastal grizzly bears?
2. What effects do forest practices have on grizzly bear habitat and its management?
3. What are the population characteristics of coastal grizzly bears?
The objective of this working plan is to describe each of the above research topics in terms of research objectives. hypotheses confounding factors and methodologies.
Three non-research topics were also identified in the problem analysis as priority items. These were:
1. Development of a garbage policy for remote camps that would eliminate garbage as an attractant to coastal bears.
2. Development of a formal policy on habitat protection guidelines for grizzly bears.
3. Development of an information/education program to be delivered to all personnel working in coastal watersheds.
Suggestions for dealing with these topics are presented. A glossary of terms used in the project is also provided. The coastal grizzly research project is a cooperative one between the
ministries of Environment and Forests. The proposed duration of the project is five years - four in the study area and one synoptic.
Archibald, W.R., Hamilton, A.N.. 1985. Working Plan Coastal Grizzly Research Project. Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests. Wildlife Working Report. wr16