In early April, a young grizzly bear swam through the chilly waters off the western coast of Canada in search of food.
He came ashore on Hanson Island, one of more than 200 rocky outcrops in British Columbia’s Broughton archipelago, and quickly started eating garbage from a cabin.
It was a dangerous move: bears that get too comfortable eating food waste and start to lose their fear of humans are quickly shot.
But this bear’s death was averted through an unlikely partnership between local Indigenous groups and conservation officers, raising hopes of a more holistic approach to wildlife management with greater Indigenous input.
I guess we should call that progress. Though perhaps we should think a bit more about the garbage.