Grizzlies: Sharing Our Forests

Grizzlies: Sharing Our Forests
with Steven Herrero

January 28, 2014, 7:30 PM.
University of Calgary campus, Science Theatre,

room 140.


Grizzly bears and people have shared what is now called Kananaskis Country for thousands of years. Usually they have given each other space. Much more rarely violent interactions have occurred. Once people had firearms the balance of power shifted to human control. Today K-Country tries to allow for the needs of grizzly bears and people. The Eastern Slopes Grizzly Bear Project which ran for 11 years has made clear what people need to do to allow grizzly bears to survive and for people to share K-Country and be safe. Come and learn about grizzly bear-human interactions.

Steven Herrero is a professor, researcher and practicing professional focused primarily on mammalian carnivore ecology, behavior, conservation and management.  His work has been extensively published in refereed scientific journals and other places.

He is the past elected president of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) and past chair of the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group. He has over 5,000 hours of field experience working with various bear species.  Steven is author of “Bear attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance” that has sold over 125,000 copies


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  • Laurel A.

    thanks for posting this, Andy. I really enjoyed listening to Stephen talk on the current stats on our griz populations, and it's good to know that there are around 700 grizzlies in our province! I've encountered 7 of them, LOL!!!

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Andy D.

      I've met a few myself :)

      January 30, 2014

  • Andy D.

    Great info from the "Bear expert". Good to hear that populations are actually increasing. I remember talking to a campground owner in Kananaskis 15 years ago and there were only 17 documented grizzlies there. I was happy to hear that number has doubled. They are magnificent creatures that belong there and it wouldn't be the same without them.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Linda

    Yes, great talk - thanks for posting this Andy!

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Judith A.

    Couldn't go because have a class Tuesday nights but it would be great if someone could do a short summary of the evening on line- good journalistic practice too! Bear book I am enjoying immensely right now is Among Grizzlies by Timothy Treadwell. I do hope he is not the bear lover who bit the dust under a mean bear, but if he is, then there should be a statue of him in bear country everywhere, a little like Hemingway at Pamplona in Spain- immortal, really!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Alison S.

    Hey guys! Great talk tonight. I will always love learning about the bears. If you have not looked into or heard of Casey Anderson check him out! He has a show on ABC Sat morning Expedition Wild. The last 2 shows were amazing & the footage of the bears on the Salmon run on Kodiak Island was so awesome!!!!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Anna

    I want to go to! :)

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Marco

    could I have the full address of the university please?

    January 28, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    A couple of us are having dinner at Nick's Steakhouse before the presentation.......come join us if you can.....the more the merrier!

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Andy D.

    Any people on the waitlist can come also. This is not a Slow and Steady event, so feel free to come. I just capped the number in case there aren't enough seats. I have no idea how large the theatre is.

    January 28, 2014

    • Alison S.

      I looked online if I am right it fits 420 people

      January 28, 2014

    • Sandy C.

      That's about right

      January 28, 2014

  • Nick

    Hi Andy, Sorry I've dropped out so late. I'm sick as a dog, feel like death warmed up and don't think I should share it with others. cheers Nick&Seema

    January 28, 2014

    • Andy D.

      I'm fighting a cold also but will still try to be there albeit slightly "drugged" up. :)

      January 28, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    Hey Andy... sorry last minute, but I would like to attend this. Do we have a section blocked off? It says that attendance is by donation... I will bring a nice donation :)

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Jessica C.

      And just like that... a spot opens!

      1 · January 28, 2014

    • Andy D.

      No we don't have a section blocked off. I recieved this info from Friends of Kananaskis and just posted it to our site. I'm gooing to be there for around 7PM and will keep an eye out for who I know.

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • David C.

    Can I go there even I am on waiting list?

    January 28, 2014

  • Alejandro

    Getting sick I am sorry I have to drop but could be great if somebody can share the information later

    January 28, 2014

  • Alison S.

    Any chance we know how long the talk is? Wondering about parking and if I should just pay until 9pm?

    January 27, 2014

    • Andy D.

      No idea Alison. I would just pay for 2 hours. That's probably what I'll end up doing too.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Laurel A.

    Hi, Andy. I follow Stephen's stuff. It's actually Stephen Herrero, not Steven Herreo. Sorry, didn't mean to be picky, but I noticed the mistake throughout. This rocks. I'll be there!

    January 21, 2014

    • Andy D.

      "Herrero" Capital H. Me bad.

      January 21, 2014

    • Laurel A.

      It's not blame, it's courtesy :-) I was a magazine editor for a couple of years, impossible for me to not see something like that. Wow. Friends of Kananaskis? Should let them know, Andy. I know they'd appreciate it.

      January 21, 2014

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