No animal is more symbolic of our wild areas than the Grizzly Bear. As human populations have expanded, the Grizzly Bearís habitat has shrunk. Today there are a minimum of 13,800 Grizzly Bears
in British Columbia. These 13,800 animals must co-exist with four million
humans. For centuries, humans have
refused to tolerate this large, mobile, and potentially dangerous species in or near settled areas or livestock ranges.
Grizzly Bears are relatively long-lived and intelligent and have adapted to some extent to human activities and land uses, but wilderness is where
they do best.
Blood, Donald A.. 2003. Grizzly Bears in British Columbia. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. Mammals in BC brochure