Great Bear Rainforest

Black background, spirit bear shines bright with gleaming fish in mouth among rocks and water

Spirit bear tenure

We purchased the Spirit bear tenure in 2011.

It covers an area of approximately 3,500 square km including the islands portion of a large territory owned by a private European shooting club. It contains the vast majority of known Spirit …

Close up of a brown grizzly


BearID detects a bear’s face in an image and classifies the individual. It’s facial recognition for bears!

Dr. Melanie Clapham, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Victoria working with Raincoast’s Applied Conservation Science lab has been exploring facial recognition technology …

An adorable bear cub with fuzzy black fur stands upright with ears cocked looking off to the side in front of rocks

Protecting the Kitlope

We are so close to raising the funds needed to purchase the Kitlope commercial hunting tenure.

This is how we stop hunting of large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. We’ve already protected approximately 33,500 square kilometers, and the Kitlope …

A wolf walks out on the wet flats on the west coast of BC.

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

Working with our First Nations partners, our goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.

$550,000 of $650,000

Permanent end to commercial trophy hunting

Purchasing the remaining commercial tenures in the …

Spirit bear on all fours stands atop a bright green and brown moss covered boulder at the edge of water in the Great Bear Rainforest.

New study published on Spirit bears

New research has identified that the small genetic change responsible for Spirit bears – a rare, white-coated form of black bears – is up to 50% rarer in the Great Bear Rainforest than previously estimated.

The study also indicates that …

Beautiful brown grizzly bear sleeping with its chin down in the Great Bear Rainforest

Protecting the Kitlope

We are working to protect British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest from commercial trophy hunting.

We do this by purchasing the hunting rights and then effectively extinguishing trophy hunting of coastal carnivores.

We have already purchased hunting rights in 33,500 square …

Grizzly bear walks on shallow water and rocks with salmon caught in its mouth, backgrounded by green trees.

Monitoring bears in Wuikinuxv

With the Raincoast lab’s field work season still on hold due to covid-19, we have been asking our scientists to keep you engaged with the people and places in which we work.

Megan Adams shares about the work the lab …

Scientist in black T shirt and pants and black cap wearing pale blue latex gloves holds palm of hand near trip wire. She gazes at it intently surrounded by lush bright green trees.

Virtual connection and support

With coronavirus affecting normalcy around the world, the Raincoast Lab at the University of Victoria is not going to be doing fieldwork this season, and instead will maintain virtual connection, support from afar.

Ilona Mihalik shared about the work the …

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