The province of British Columbia is comprised of a diversity of habitat types from coastal ecosystems to northern boreal forests to semi-arid, interior valleys. These diverse habitat types, combined with a relatively pristine landbase, afford British Columbia with one of the largest populations of black bears (Ursus americanus) and the second largest population (to Alaska) of grizzly bears (U. arctos horribilis) in North America. Maintaining a healthy population of wild bears in British Columbia has global significance.
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