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Grizzly Bear Management in Alberta: Jumping the Gun on Grizzlies

July 7, 2022

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Devon Earl, AWA Conservation Specialist

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Last spring, you may have heard Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon proudly exclaim that our grizzly bear population in Alberta is “thriving.” This strong language comes from some recent bear population inventories, which indicate that grizzly populations in certain areas may be increasing. This is particularly true for Bear Management Area 4 (Clearwater, East of Banff National Park), where the population estimate went from 47 in 2005 to 88 in 2018. However, this is just one of seven bear management areas (BMAs) in the province.

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