This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the majestic grizzly bear, and it needs our help.
Habitat: parts of North America, Europe, and Asia
Grizzly bear trivia
Black bears and grizzlies
If you live in Canada, you’re likely familiar with both grizzlies and black bears. Do you know how to tell them apart? Although grizzlies are typically larger and lighter in colour, experts say that colour and size aren’t always reliable. Here are a few tricks:
Why they’re threatened
Although the grizzly isn’t technically listed as endangered, it is extirpated in some parts. This means that it’s extinct in one region, but still in existence in other areas. In Canada, the prairie grizzly population is extirpated. In referencing a report by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation says that “15 subpopulations in western Alberta and southern B.C. are at risk of continued decline and eventual extinction.”
Threats include frequent contact with humans, habitat reduction, sport hunting, and killings by humans after being perceived as a threat.
To help the grizzly population, contact your local MPs and politicians to pressure them to take action. You can also support environmental groups in the form of volunteer work or donations. Also, stay tuned for our February article about Canada’s endangered species, and how individuals can help support at-risk Canadian animals, including the grizzly.