Letters and Statements

IBA holds a recognized position in the world conservation arena and Council frequently receives requests from members and the public to address policy issues related to bear management, conservation, and research. As a professional scientific organization, IBA must maintain scientific objectivity when agreeing to address a policy issue or develop a position statement. IBA Council established Policy Guidance based on six criteria to determine whether IBA involvement in policy issues is appropriate. If you are considering a request for a position or policy statement from IBA, please first read our Policy Guidance document here and contact the IBA President with details of your request.

Use of radio-collars in bear research, management and conservation: Joint position statement by the International Association for Bear Research and Management and the IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group, April 2019.

Hunting as a Tool in Management of American Black Bear Populations, April 2017

IBA Comments on Grizzly Bear Delisting, May 2016

IBA Comments on GYE Delisting, Cover Letter May 2016

IBA/BSG Joint Letter to European Commission on Impenetrable Fences_January 2016

IBA Letter to Mongolian Government Regarding Strategies for Conservation of the Gobi Bear (Mazaalai) 2015

Response to IBA Letter Regarding Gobi Bear Conservation from the Mongolian Government_2015

IBA Letter to Support COMPETES Act 2015

Position Statement Regarding Bear Hunting in the European Union 2013

The Wildlife Society Position Statement on Brown Bear Management 2009

Bear Protection Act Testimony 2008

McNeil River Hunting Statement 2007

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Statement 2006

Gobi Bear Recovery Plan 2004

Alaska Board of Game Letter