Biodiversity matters: diversity of salmon species is more important to black bears than simply the total amount of salmon

A black bear tears open a salmon in the stream.

Photo by April Bencze.

Biodiversity matters. 

New research published today by Raincoast, Spirit Bear Research Foundation and The University of Victoria shows that the diversity of salmon species is more important to black bears than simply the total amount of salmon available. 

This is further evidence that maintaining salmon species diversity is key to ensuring terrestrial wildlife – like black bears – have optimal access to food resources. 

Open access article in Journal of Animal Ecology.

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