Kyle Artelle

I am interested in the conservation of species whose ecological niches overlap with those of humans.  I am using the bears of British Columbia to explore this theme, focusing on issues ranging from the provincial trophy hunt on grizzly bears to how changes in spawning salmon abundance affect bear population health and bear-human interactions.  My research is informed and inspired by the unspoiled ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest and the people who have inhabited and defined this area since time immemorial.  My fieldwork occurs primarily in Heiltsuk Territory and is done in partnership with Raincoast, Qqs, and Coastwatch.  This fieldwork involves hair snagging to non-invasively capture hairs from black and grizzly bears, yielding insight into population size and dietary composition, and stream-walking to estimate yearly spawning salmon abundance.  My work is a component of Raincoast’s long-term ecological monitoring program in Heiltsuk territory and beyond, is co-supervised by Dr. John Reynolds and Dr. Chris Darimont, and is supported by an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell scholarship, a C. D. Nelson Memorial Entrance scholarship, an Anne Vallee Ecological Fund award, and through the Hakai Scholar program and the Tula Foundation.

Photo Of The Day

Remote camera photo of a coastal wolves investigating a sampling site in Kitasoo/Xai'xais Territory. In collaboration with Spirit Bear Research Foundation.

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"RT @plunkert: My first cover for The New Yorker entitled "Blowhard." https://t.co/OjnjELalVP"
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"RT @CFNGBI: We have been clear killing bears for sport is not part of our culture. https://t.co/GuIlF0PGiA"
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"RT @CFNGBI: Kudos to our hardworking & dedicated Central Coast Bear Working Group @heiltsukvoice @DNeasloss Megan Moody @bearsforeverbc @Wi…"
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"RT @CFNGBI: A big thank you & kudos to the Wuikinuxv bear working group for its hard work and dedication to end trophy bear hunt @JennWalkus"
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"RT @AJEnglish: Barack Obama's anti-racism social media message breaks record for most Twitter likes https://t.co/zOY2VxCAg7 https://t.co/3X…"
yesterday
"RT @heiltsukvoice: Is this important? Yes, but some thoughts to follow. B.C. government putting an end to the grizzly bear trophy hunt htt…"
2 days ago
"RT @heiltsukvoice: And this measure comes into effect AFTER the upcoming fall hunting season. Some bears, between now and Nov. 30, are stil…"
2 days ago
"RT @heiltsukvoice: Is this progress? Hell yes. Because trophy hunting is a contravention of Indigenous law. Provincial law has a lot of cat…"
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"Into the 21st Century and aligning with millennia-old Indigenous law of the land in the GBR https://t.co/G4dFEJbxZ5"
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