“Bear #178” wins in True North conference

SFC member Holly Schofield’s latest story stems from reading about a famous grizzly bear around Banff known as Bear 148. The grizzly was in and out of various news stories after several close encounters with humans. As this article says: When grizzlies mix too freely with people, the grizzlies usually lose.

According to Bill Hunt, a Parks Canada resource conservation manager, this particular bear “…showed a very moderated response…tolerating less than ideal human behaviours time and time again.”

Despite this, she didn’t last long. Bear 148 was shot and killed by a hunter in 2017 when she wandered outside park boundaries. She was one of the last few bears legally killed before British Columbia ended grizzly trophy hunting last November.

As we hurtle toward a tech-driven future, we need to figure out how to be better stewards of our little blue planet. That was the impetus for Communitech ‘s True North conference last week. This international conference focused on issues at the intersection of society and technology, as a force for good in the world. Part of the initiative was a story contest to highlight that worthy endeavor. “Bear #178” was Holly’s winning entry.

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