Phase II: Kamchatka Grizzly Bear Research Prject of Maureen Enns and Charles Russell
It is our plan to continue our research on the feasibility
of our living closely with the many bears at Kambalnoye Lake base camp.
During the next three years, (Phase II of our study), we will continue
to test our theory that people can live in the same areas that bears also
live, providing they develop techniques that prevents them from getting
into food supplies or damaging equipment etc. Phase II is about sustainability.
We will continue to examine the concept that bears respond positively
to being treated with kindness. Our goal from the beginning of this study
was to establish an example so people could learn how to accept bears
in much closer proximity and allow them to share productive land, not
to keep insisting that they can only exist in our ever shrinking wilderness.
We will continue our close association with Biscuit and Chico as they
become sexually mature and mate and later when they have cubs. We want
to show that grizzly bears behavior can be predictable as long as
certain guidelines are followed. Brandy has two new spring cubs this year
and we wish once again to be accepted as part of this bear family.
1) We are discovering that bears can be near human settlement
providing there is a way to prevent them from getting into bird feeders,
food storage and the like. We will continue to experiment with the application
of electric fencing as mans means to easily control where a bear is allowed
2) Develop an anti-poaching program for South Kamchatka
Sanctuary that provides the first meaningful protection of wildlife in
the area since its designation in 1984. This year, five rangers and two
policeman will be paid substantially better than they have previously
been paid and another cabin will be build on the Sanctuary boundary near
the fishing village of Ozernovskiy.
3) We continue to take a slow and careful approach to developing Eco-tourism as part of a sustainable conservation strategy. This year we are supporting a guide training program for one Kamchatkin to go to guides school Kamloops BC.,Canada
-Charlie and Maureen.
As Maureen Enns and Charlie Russell move into their sixth year of research on human-bear co-existence, in Kamchatka, they continue to be highly appreciative of the support and contributions of their sponsors. As the study moves on, they start to think of its conclusion in three years and also how to thank everyone who made it possible for them to do this amazing piece of research. For now, it is a heart-felt thank you to all.
Anonymous Contributors and Foundations
Clayoquot Island Preserve
Daymen Photo Marketing Ltd.
Fanwood Foundation West
The Lynchpin Foundation
Mogens F. Smed Fund of The Calgary Foundation
The Schad Foundation
John and Barbara Poole
Contributions In Kind:
Counter Assault (Bear Spray)
Dr. Bill Hanlon
Barb Gosling and Derek Small
Maureen and Mike Heffring
Masters Gallery Ltd.
Nova Photo Ltd.
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