Alberta parks meant to protect grizzlies heavily damaged by off-road vehicles: Study

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Research suggests two parks proposed for the southwestern corner of Alberta are already so heavily used they’re becoming useless to the grizzly bears they are supposed to protect.

Analysis of the latest satellite imagery suggests less than half of the proposed Castle Wildland Park has enough undisturbed habitat to support the bears. Almost none of a provincial park planned for the same area has any secure habitat left, despite the region being considered a key link for grizzlies between British Columbia and Montana.

“It’s great that the government of Alberta is turning this into a special place with two parks,” said Wynet Smith of Global Forest Watch, which conducted the study. “But it’s evident from the data that there’s a lot of restoration required.”

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