For 20 years, governments in Canada and the U.S. have recognized that the grizzly bear is a sensitive species in need of additional protection.
efforts to protect populations in Canada have been an abysmal failure.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just released its second assessment of the status of Canada’s iconic grizzly bear. The report found that while many parts of Canada support healthy grizzly populations, 16 subpopulations in western Alberta and southern B.C. are at risk of continued decline and eventual extinction
During the peak of the fur trade era, some 200 000 pelts a year were sold to the European market, most being used to make the then-popular beaver hats. A large adult beaver skin yielded enough fur for 18 hats.
The goverment is trying to do somthing about it
The beaver has been exterminated in some states, and in practically all of its former range in northern Mexico.
Coastal First Nations and WWF are asking the world to encourage Canadians to show they care. Add your name and let Canada’s government know: no oil pipeline and no oil tankers in the Great Bear.
Steven Lin's insight:
A project that would transport 525 thousand barrels of diluted bitumen everyday from Alberta’s oil sands over forest and river. That would bring 220 super oil tankers into the Great Bear Sea every year. A project that would virtually guarantee an oil spill.
The Great Bear Sea is ranked one of the world’s most treacherous waters by Environment Canada. Its unpredictable weather and massive swells make it an infamously dangerous sea way.
A recent study commissioned by the province of British Columbia found that if there was an oil spill in this region, only 3 to 4 per cent of it could be cleaned up within 5 days.
Despite the Canadian government’s claim that it can build a “world class” oil spill prevention and recovery strategy, there is no adequate technology to recover diluted bitumen – which is much heavier than oil – in the Great Bear’s remote waters. Further, the “world class” standard of oil spill recovery is only 15 per cent, far from what most of us would consider reasonable or safe.
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