Grizzly bear populations are increasingly at risk from habit loss and increased human activity.
Grizzly bears are magnificent creatures. These impressive bears weigh an average of 500 kg, are fast runners, and powerful diggers. Grizzly bear fur ranges from black to brown to cinnamon to silver-haired. You can tell grizzlies from black bears by their defining trait: a massive shoulder hump. Grizzles act as umbrella species within their ecosystem. Declining populations act as a warning beacon of Alberta’s disappearing wilderness.
An estimated 600 grizzly bears roamed throughout Alberta two hundred years ago. Today, the estimated population is 760 bears fragmented into small population units of less than 100 bears. Alberta’s population today is primarily located in the Rocky Mountains and foothills. Less than 2% of the critical foothills region is protected from industrial development
These bears are dying at unsustainable rates, with over 90% of deaths caused by humans. In 2008 alone, Provincial data identified 19 human-caused deaths and 15 relocations. Almost all human-caused deaths occur within 500m of a road.
CPAWS advocates for the protection of grizzly bear habitat and holds government accountable for implementing strategies for species recovery
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