The Parsnip Grizzly Bear Habitat Inventory Project
was initiated in August 1997 to address increasing concerns
about the grizzly bear population in the
Central Interior of British Columbia. Habitat alteration,
resource extraction, hunting pressure, bear-human conflicts
and human access all affect the grizzly bear population
in the region.
In order to adequately manage and conserve grizzly
bears, information on population characteristics and
habitat requirements are required for grizzly bears
in this region.
The overall objectives of the Parsnip Grizzly Bear
1. To determine the abundance and population status
of grizzly bears within the study area. This included
obtaining estimates of population density, reproductive
rates, and mortality rates;
2. To identify micro and macro seasonal habitat-use
patterns, seasonal movements, home range sizes, and
3. To evaluate and contribute to improvements of the
current BC grizzly bear inventory methods.
For a overview of field methods, and preliminary results
please visit the reports page.
area extends from the city of Prince George, north
to Mackenzie, and east into the Hart Ranges of the Rocky
Mountains. It encompasses approximately 18,100 km² straddling
the Parsnip River. The most intensive human use of the
area is timber extraction. Recreational use varies seasonally
between hunting, fishing, camping, and all-terrain vehicle
use. Monkman Provincial Park is the closest protected
here for a biogoeclimatic ecosystem classification description
of the study area.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for
their financial support.
Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
McGregor Model Forest Association
The Pas Lumber Company
Forest Renewal B.C.
B.C. Forest Investment Account
B.C. Forest Service
B.C. Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection