Grizzly bears were once the most widespread bear species in the world. They were found in Europe, Asia, North Africa and throughout the western half of North America from the Arctic to central Mexico. Today's grizzly bears and confined to sparsely inhabited regions of central Europe, Russia and North America. The government of British Columbia has developed this Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy. The mandate of the strategy is to ensure the continued existence of grizzly bears and their habitats for future generations. The Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy has four goals: (1) To maintain in perpetuity the diversity and abundance of grizzly bears and the ecosystems on which they depend throughout British Columbia, (2) To improve the management of grizzly bears and their interactions with humans, (3) to increase public knowledge and involvement in grizzly bear management and (4) to increase international cooperation in management and research of grizzly bears. The main points in this strategy are grizzly bear management areas, grizzly bear scientific advisory committee, increased research, changes to hunting regulations, increased enforcement, increased penalties, education, preventing "problem" bears and partnerships with the private sector.
BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1995. A Future for the Grizzly: British Columbia Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy. BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks