The Bear Specialist Group (BSG) is one of 140 Specialist Groups within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) oversees the conservation of the 7 species of terrestrial bears (all but the polar bear, which being a marine mammal is handled by a separate Specialist Group).

BSG Topic Team Leadership

Lydia Kolter, Captive Bears Expert Team Co-Chair

LNicola Field, Captive Bears Expert Team Co-Chair

John Beecham, Human Bear Conflict Expert Team Co-Chair

Lana Ciarniello, Human Bear Conflict Expert Team Co-Chair

Trusted Partners

International Union for Conservation of Nature

International Association for Bear Research & Management