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The Grizzly Manifesto

The grizzly bear is something of a survivor. Since it arrived in North America some 50,000 years ago, it has outlived legions of equally formidable carnivores, such as short-faced bears and sabre-toothed cats, and survived the arrival of spear-wielding humans 13,000 years ago.

The arrival of gun-toting Europeans , however, proved to be a somewhat more formidable problem. In the last 200 years, the grizly bear has been exterminated from much of its range. Despite the relatively successful recovery of the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park, the bears’ decline continues largely unchecked.

Today, the front line in this centuries-old battle for survival has shifted to western Alberta and southern BC, where outdated mythologies, rapacious industrial development and disingenuous governments continue to push the Great Bear further into the mountains and toward a future that may not have room for them at all.

Thankfully, there is another kind of movement afoot. Hundreds of scientists and conservationists, along with thousands of citizens that value sustainable development and responsible government, work tirelessly to define a better future for the grizzly bear and all that it represents.

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