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Out of The Shadows
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The Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilus) has historically roamed over most of western North America as far south as Mexico. Today there are only 55,000 left – half of which reside in Canada. Factors influencing the decline of this species include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, hunting, over fishing of salmon, and climate change.

The Grizzly bear is considered a “keystone” species – meaning that they have a major influence on the entire ecosystem they inhabit. Grizzlies contribute to nutrient cycling of the soil through foraging, help disperse seeds over large areas, and transfer oceanic nutrients to the forest.

“Out of the Shadows” represents the need to bring awareness to large predator conservation in Canada. As one of the few countries left in the world to have these animals in our midst, we have a great responsibility in guiding the decisions regarding the future of our keystone species.