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Grizzlies need more protection: conservationists

‘These high rates of mortality indicate this isn’t the time for more delay but for action.’

Skyrocketing grizzly bear deaths caused by humans has prompted several conservation groups to call on the province to deem the bear an endangered species.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) say of the 17 grizzlies killed by humans in 2009 — doubling the number from two years’ ago — six were poached and five were killed in accidents including getting hit by a car. There are now 691 grizzlies roaming the province.

The groups — the Sierra Club of Canada Nature Alberta and Alberta Wilderness Association — can’t understand why the government has not acted on a submission to SRD Minister Mel Knight to list grizzlies as a threatened species.

“It’s unclear why the minister continues to delay but these high rates of mortality indicate this isn’t the time for more delay but for action” says Carl Morrison of the Sierra Club of Canada.

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