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Why are grizzlies getting hit by trains? Survey says…

March 1, 2017

March 2017 Wildlands Advocate article, by Joanna Skrajny

Trains are the leading killer of grizzly bears in Banff and Yoho National Parks. An estimated 17 bears have been struck and killed since the year 2000. This is a significant number given that population estimates suggest there are only approximately 60 bears in the region. Trains don’t only kill grizzlies either: countless other wildlife are victims too. Four wolf pups, for example, were killed last summer. Canadian Pacific Railroad and Parks Canada started a five-year project in 2010 to understand and address the root causes of bear deaths on the tracks. The results and commitments to take action were announced at a press conference earlier this year.

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