ENDANGERED GRIZZLIES IN AB

BY SYED HUSSAIN

The King of the Forest, Dying

The grizzly, is one of the most prized, and wildest animals in Alberta. The grizzly bear, once used to range across the whole of Alberta, and now it's been restricted, to just the rockies, and the foothills of the northwestern part of the Boreal forest. There used to be many grizzlies, roaming around AB, and now you find it quite rare, to spot a grizzly, because of us, humans.

POPULATION

It is estimated that in the 1800s there were as many as 6,000 grizzlies in Alberta. At the time they were mostly a prairie species. Clearly, it is unlikely that they will ever return to these numbers.

Alberta government scientists recommended in 2002 (when the population was believed to be 1,000 individuals) that the grizzly should be listed as a “threatened” species, and now the current population, is 691( not including parts in national parks). This being the case, it's extremely alarming, and theres a high risk of extinction.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List suggests that a population of 1,000 mature individuals would be listed as “vulnerable” and would therefore be “considered to be facing a high risk of ex- tinction in the wild.” It is worth noting that 1,000 “breeding individuals” would require a total population of around 2,000 bears (including young and non-breeders).

ORGANIZATIONS EXISTING

Wildlife Conservation Society

Earth Rangers

The World Conservation Union (IUCN)

Alberta Wilderness Association

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

CPAWS Southern Alberta

WHAT YOU CAN DO: You can join an organization, donate, or just spread the word, and



HELP RETURN THE THRONE TO THE MIGHTY KING OF THE FOREST