Citizen Science

Are you looking to contribute to research in the Chilcotin Ark as you visit the area?

We are always looking for more data to strengthen our database. Here’s how you can get involved while you enjoy the Chilcotin Ark:

  • Record wildlife sightings
  • Record wildlife signs such as scat, tracks, hair and scratch marks
  • Record plant species

We have the resources to help you with your citizen science project. Contact us here

Report Your Bear Sightings

We are looking to document any incidents of human-bear conflict or confrontation in the Chilcotin Ark. If you encounter a grizzly or black bear, please let us know by reporting your sighting! You can email the Chilcotin Ark Institute here.

If possible, please provide us with the following information:

  • Date & time
  • Location – as specific as possible
  • Type of bear
  • Gender of the bear
  • Behaviour – aggressive, defensive, feeding etc

Due to increasing numbers of visitors to the park, the bears are becoming desensitised to human activity. By keeping records of human-bear conflict, we are able to see where particularly aggressive bears may be in the park and recommend which areas visitors should either avoid or be extra cautious. We hope that by being proactive and keeping a distance, the bears will remain wild.
Before going out in the park, please make sure you check out our Bear and Cougar Safety Brochure.

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For the bears and your own safety, please ensure you are educated in how to store food, pack-out garbage, identify different species of bear, how to use your bear spray and what to do in an encounter.