Allow Grizzly Bears to Roam Free

Target: Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations in British Columbia

Goal: Reduce human access to roads to increase grizzly bear populations.

Grizzly bear populations are higher in areas where roads are closed off from humans, recent research has shown. In the Monashee Mountains in British Columbia, timber workers have created over 10,000 kilometers of dirt roads, bisecting grizzly bears’ natural living grounds. Since the bears’ populations are still recovering, closing off roads is critical to ensure that their populations continue to rise. 

In 1997, researchers estimated that 38 individual grizzly bears faced danger due to habitat loss and deadly conflict with humans in this region. In response, local authorities closed off roads and designated areas for grizzly bears. In 2015, the bears’ population was checked again in the same area. Around 87 bears now live in the region, and it was concluded that areas with more roads had fewer grizzlies. Areas where laws prohibited people from accessing roads saw a 27 percent higher bear density. This is significant because their populations are still recovering, and in areas humans frequent, there are more likely to be deadly human-bear interactions.

Further research will include analyzing bear populations and road data throughout the entire province and creating a set of recommendations for road management. Sign the petition below to urge British Columbia’s minister of forests, lands, and natural resources operations to push for legislation that would further limit access to roads, leading to a higher increase in grizzly bear populations.


Dear Minister Donaldson,

For years, grizzly bears were on the endangered species list. Their populations dwindled due to various reasons such as hunting, deadly human interactions, and habitat destruction. Recently, research conducted in the Monashee Mountains region in British Columbia has shown that grizzly bear densities are higher in areas where there are fewer roads or areas where laws ban access to roads. This is because there are fewer instances of deadly human-animal interactions, and less habitat destruction.

A study in 1997 estimated that 38 grizzly bears lived in the area, and in 2015, it was found that the number had increased to around 87. The province shut down roads and designated areas for the animals, allowing their populations to recover in high-quality habitats without human disruption. This demonstrates that road management is a viable tool in helping grizzly bears recover and maintain healthy population levels. They should not be put back onto the endangered species list because of human action again. I urge you to pursue and support legislation that would limit access to more roads in order to protect grizzly bear populations in British Columbia.


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  1. It was their land first! We can’t keep taking away their homes! Where do you expect them to go?

  2. WE urge British Columbia to close off more roads to protect grizzly bear populations.

  3. EVERETT Halligan says:

    close off more roads to protect grizzly bear populations.

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