Project Timeline & Updates

A black bear captured on a remote trail camera.
Trail cameras give us a peak into animal habits and movements. Here, a black bear isn’t shy about getting up close to one of our cameras. Credit: GBMP

Field data collection was completed during the Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project (GBMP). For now, data from 2013 and 2014 will be analysed because they represent complete sampling years on both public and private land. The years 2011 and 2012 were primarily set-up on public and private land, so they don’t represent full sampling years.

Master’s student Annie Loosen will begin coursework in September 2015 as part of her Master’s project in the Boyce Lab at the University of Alberta. Annie has worked on the GBMP since 2013.

Project Timeline
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Data Collection * *
Coursework * *
Genetic Analyses * *
Data Analysis/Thesis Work * *

What’s new?

Bears are serious business but learning about them can be fun. Credit: Annie Loosen
  • Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project Coordinator Andrea Morehouse recently completed her PhD at the University of Alberta. You can find her thesis here and a recent publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management on grizzly bear populations in southwestern Alberta (click here).
  • Wildlife Genetics International in Nelson, B.C. completed genetic analyses of the black bear hair samples. In 2013, 232 individual black bears (129 males, 103 females) were detected in the study area. In 2014, 222 individual black bears (122 males, 100 females) were detected in the study area. Take caution in interpreting these numbers; they are not a population estimate. Master’s student Annie Loosen is currently running spatially explicit capture recapture models to estimate the resident and non-resident black bear population.
  • Annie presented the project at the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual meeting in the spring of 2016. Annie was awarded the second-prize Graduate Poster Award. She also presented at the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management in Anchorage, Alaska. She shared preliminary results on grizzly and black bear habitat use in southwestern Alberta.
  • Our partners at Waterton Biosphere Reserve released Sharing the Range, a film that addresses the challenges of living with large carnivores in southwestern Alberta. Watch the film here!
  • Master’s student Annie Loosen has fun with kids and ecology in the Crowsnest Pass! The Boys and Girls Club learned about bear ecology and how to recognize bear, wolf, cougar, and coyote sign. You can see more pictures from the field education day on the Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass Facebook page.

In the News