Bears and people have lived together, sharing space and food, since time immemorial. One food they have in common is Pacific salmon, a rich food source that sustains bears and people alike through the long winter, and nourishes the surrounding forest. Recent research tells us the extent to which bears rely on salmon on the Central Coast of British Columbia, and opens new possibilities as to how bears and people can continue to share fish sustainably.
Megan Adams is a PhD candidate with the Applied Conservation Science Lab at UVic, and a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. She is passionate about the intersection of ecology and natural resource management, pursuing research that is applied and community driven. Working with the Wuikinuxv Nation and the Central Coast Bear Working Group, she studies spatial variation in dietary salmon of black and grizzly bears and its potential implications for fisheries and land use.