Understanding Whistler’s Ursus Americanus 

Local black bear researcher uses years of observation and photography to educate others

click to enlarge Bear-ly Aware Adult male bears, like the one pictured here, will be the focus of tonight's talk by local bear expert, Michael Allen. Photo by Michael Allen
  • Bear-ly Aware Adult male bears, like the one pictured here, will be the focus of tonight's talk by local bear expert, Michael Allen. Photo by Michael Allen

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Jehanne Burns, manager of programs and promotions at the Whistler Museum, explained that Allen’s talks fit in well with their programming.

“We definitely tell not only Whistler’s cultural stories, but we also tell Whistler’s natural history stories, so we think it’s important that people learn about the environment that they’re in, and that’s really why people are attracted here in the beginning, anyways, is for the environment.”

“It’s also something people are very interested in,” she added. “We get a lot of natural history questions at the museum — people want to know about the trees and the bears and rivers and stuff.”

Allen is basically a bear historian, and Burns pointed out, the only person in B.C. who has studied bears over such a long period of time.

“I don’t think you really find out what’s going on until you see it over a time, so I think it’s over 20 years for him now, over 15 years in Whistler, so he really is the expert.”

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