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View 2013 final report

With field research now complete, we have created a summary report of our findings to date. Please click here to see our 2013 final report, and contact Robert Long (robert.long@zoo.org) for further updates.

Bear surveys featured in Backpacker

The March 2013 issue of Backpacker magazine includes a feature piece about the third year of grizzly bear surveys conducted by CCCP and colleagues last summer. Journalist Ted Alvarez joined Bill Gaines and his crew during an adventurous backpacking trip into the remote Chilliwack River/Easy Ridge region of North Cascades National Park. Despite the spotty huckleberry season, the crew found bear hairs at every one of their corrals. Any grizzlies? We’re ever hopeful, but DNA tests are still pending. Meanwhile, you can read the full article here.

Read our 2012 interim report

We have recently completed our 2012 Interim Report, which summarizes our genetic results from 2011 and our preliminary results from 2008 to-date. We are now in the final analysis phase of this project, which will be completed in 2013. Please tune in again next Spring for further information. Meanwhile, you can download our current report here.

Wolverine photographed near Glacier Peak Wilderness

Recently, when one of our teams went to check a hair-snagging station deployed for bears, we were thrilled to find that a rare, uncollared wolverine had visited our site! The wolverine, located near the Glacier Peak Wilderness, had a grand old time rolling around on our lure pile, leaving us remote camera photos (and even a few valuable hairs) in the process. This detection was especially exciting given that it was on the west side of the Cascades crest, where there have been few wolverine sightings to-date. Let’s hope this a positive sign for wolverine recovery in the North Cascades. Please see the photo below, and watch the pseudo-video created from still shots at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDCutE-yn8M.

Wolverine photographed near Glacier Peak Wilderness


New results: 561 black bears have now been identified

The genetic testing of our most recently collected bear and marten hair samples is complete, and we’re quite pleased with the results. Last summer’s sampling for bears generated genotypes (or genetic “fingerprints”) for 234 black bears, bringing our grand total to 561 individuals identified from across the North Cascades Ecosystem of Washington. No grizzly bears were  identified from last summer’s samples (but we’re conducting more grizzly surveys this summer). Meanwhile, CCCP’s  efforts to collect hairs from martens last winter yielded 28 individual identifications, for a grand total of 73 martens from the I-90, Route 2, and Highway 20 areas. Now we move forward with our analyses to examine how highways might be affecting the movement of bears and martens across the North Cascades Ecosystem. Stay tuned!

New film to air about wolves in the Cascades

On July 7, the Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary about Washington’s wolves. Conservation Northwest and other CCCP partners played a pivotal role in the making of this film, which follows up on the fate of the first pack of wolves to inhabit the state in 70 years. Please see the advertisement below.


Video clip from the Pasayten Wilderness

To launch our 2012 survey season for grizzly bears, we created a video clip of one of our sites in the Pasayten Wilderness. The video, available here on YouTube, provides a quick tour of a hair-snagging corral in the Horseshoe Basin area. Enjoy!

CCCP partners to continue surveys for grizzly bears in 2012

With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, Western Transportation Institute, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and North Cascades National Park will conduct a third summer of surveys for grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades Ecosystem in 2012. Several teams of biologists will be working throughout the North Cascades to try to detect grizzly bears in the region with noninvasive hair-snagging devices and remote cameras. Results will help inform the USFWS’s recovery planning process for grizzlies, which were decimated throughout their range in the Lower 48 between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s. Today, a handful of grizzlies may inhabit remote areas of the North Cascades. Stay tuned to this website for updates.

View 2012 Progress Report and new images in Photo Gallery

We recently released our 2012 Progress Report, summarizing results from our 2011 summer bear surveys, our winter 2011/12 marten surveys, and our collective surveys to-date. View the report by clicking on the cover image below. And see our 2011 black bear photos by visiting the Photo Gallery here.


Volunteers from Conservation Northwest help survey martens on I-90

It takes a village to survey martens in the mountains! Nearly 20 volunteers from Conservation Northwest are helping us collect noninvasive hair samples from American martens near I-90 Snoqualmie Pass this winter, allowing us to greatly increase our sampling effort in the region. These adventurous volunteers, who work in pairs and tackle deep powder on snowshoes or skis, have already had success capturing hair from elusive martens like the one shown below (at Mt. Margaret.) Thanks, volunteers!