Since the 1990s, the techniques available for survey and monitoring of grizzly bear populations have seen significant advancements in the ability to gain reliable knowledge about populations at scales most relevant to proactive conservation, mitigation, harvest management, and population recovery. Much of the research and many of the inventory approaches utilizing these new techniques were developed in B.C., and numerous sampling efforts have now been applied independently throughout the province.
This work has advanced to a stage where grizzly bear conservation and management is best served by a provincial strategy to direct and prioritize sampling efforts. This provincial strategy provides general direction for planning and funding programs of grizzly bear population inventory and monitoring across British Columbia. The report outlines a decision process for establishing geographic priorities for grizzly bear population inventory and monitoring needs based on objective and transparent criteria. The report and associated priorities will be updated regularly to ensure that the best available information continues to guide future efforts.
As individual (and often independent) sampling efforts continue across the province, consistency and coordination in design, field, and analytical methods may allow us to address research and monitoring objectives not otherwise possible. This includes comparisons among ecological regions and across gradations of natural and human influence at a provincial-scale (including changes in climate, ecosystems, and disturbance), as well as long term trends.
Clayton Apps. 2010. Grizzly Bear Population Inventory and Monitoring Strategy for British Columbia. Province of BC. 1.2