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Orphaned baby bears and shrinking habitat due to wildfires

February 15, 2024 | The Hamilton Spectator via UVic News

Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smelters, BC, have an overwhelming number of orphaned black bears in their care this spring. Environmental conditions caused by climate change have led to an increase in human-bear interactions, and an increase in orphaned bears. UVic’s Dr. Chris Darimont shared his expertise on why bears are more frequently entering human-dominated spaces and bears are being found with hunter-caused injuries. Dr. Darimont and Northern Lights will be partnering on a project to collar and study 30 bears’ rehabilitation back into their natural environment.

Dr. Darimont is an interdisciplinary researcher, Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science, and Geography Professor at UVic.  If you are interested in learning more from this exciting researcher, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to check out UVicSpace, our open access institutional repository. Twenty-three of Dr. Darimont’s publications are freely available there!