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Large Carnivore ConservationIntegrating Science and Policy in the North American West$
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Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226107400

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.001.0001

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Science-Based Grizzly Bear Conservation in a Co-Management Environment

Science-Based Grizzly Bear Conservation in a Co-Management Environment

The Kluane Region Case, Yukon

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(p.108) 4 Science-Based Grizzly Bear Conservation in a Co-Management Environment
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Large Carnivore Conservation
Author(s):

Douglas Clark

Linaya Workman

D. Scott Slocombe

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.003.0004

The biological rationale for collaborative regional-scale grizzly bear conservation is now widely accepted. This approach was attempted in Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon Territory, Canada, but quickly collapsed. This chapter analyzes events in a regional conservation planning process between 2000 and 2005. This case involves competing myths and problem definitions, and on this specific issue a localist narrative successfully displaced a conservationist one, though a First Nations standpoint also played a significant role in shaping outcomes over time. Fundamentally, the conflicts experienced here weren't about bears, but reflected a broader struggle for self-determination and local independence from traditionally hierarchical, colonial government institutions in the Yukon. The emergence of community-based bear management in the town of Haines Junction since that failed planning process may be a continuation of those governance trends, and is consistent with the larger region's progress toward adaptive governance.

Keywords:   co-management, grizzly bear, conservation planning, narrative, Kluane, Yukon

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