In April 2008, the Willmore Wilderness Foundation commenced gathering grizzly bear sightings from the traditional land users in Alberta, Canada. They began an annual Grizzly Bear Survey, which is used to supplement the scientific data gathered by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD). The data is sent to the Provincial Carnivore Specialist to help study the range and distribution of the grizzly population in Alberta.
The Foundation requested their members and partners who frequented Alberta’s foothills regions, to forward any sightings of grizzly bears to their office in Grande Cache. The Foundation hoped to glean as much information as possible: i.e. colour; sows with cubs; age of cubs; whether the bears were alone or with a group; the bears’ activities; and whether there were collars or ear tags.
An on going Grizzly Bear Survey has been welcomed by the Alberta Provincial Carnivore Specialists. Many Albertans have been forwarding their sightings to grizzly@WillmoreWilderness.com or by phoning 1-866-WILMORE (945-6673). The sightings are catalogued and then forwarded to ASRD in Edmonton, to be included in the Alberta Provincial Data Base.
The short 9:13 minute movie, “Alberta Grizzly Bear Survey 2010,” shows many still images that were collected during the year by Albertans. People & Peaks Production staff edited the pictures into a 9-minute documentary using a Ken Burns Effect, panning and zooming the photographs.
The Alberta Grizzly Bear Survey was sponsored by Alberta Fish & Game Association, Wild Sheep Foundation: Alberta Chapter, North Eastern Alberta Fish & Game Association: Zone5 and the Willmore Wilderness Foundation.