An unprecedented opportunity exists to collaborate with federal agencies, industry- and natural resource-based entities, and the general public to create an International Bear Center that will provide extraordinary advances in science, human health, education, and outreach.
The new facility would initially house both grizzly bears and polar bears. Polar bears are currently threatened by loss of their sea ice habitat and the resulting decline of access to their primary foods due to climate change.
Changing climatic conditions around the world will create challenges for the survival of all bears as some areas dry out, others become wetter, and warmer temperatures alter annual cycles of habitat and prey. The International Bear Center will be uniquely positioned to develop scientific knowledge for management agencies to use in addressing those challenges. The International Bear Center will be the premier facility in the world to answer important questions about how bears can adapt to a changing climate and, thus, will play a primary role in bear conservation through high-quality scientific research on bear physiology and ecology.