Derek Kyostia – “Coastal grizzlies”

Coastal grizzly with salmon - J. Scarrow
Derek Kyostia – “Coastal grizzlies”
by Andrew Bryant, 27 September 2012. 

Derek Kyostia is a full-time interpretive naturalist who divides his time between the grizzlies of coastal BC, polar bears in the Arctic, and penguins in Antarctica.  Rough life!

Subscribing to the philosophy of conservation through co-existence, Derek strives to educate the public on bears, and bear safety.  His goal is to benefit bears and humans alike.

His presentation focused on the natural history of grizzly bears, with emphasis on what distinguishes coastal and interior populations.  Derek also included a discussion of seasonal behaviour, brought along some small skulls and other tactile props, and happily answered our questions.