Canada's Strategy Fails Grizzly Bears

Monday, September 24, 2007
Ottawa, Canada
Grizzly bears are disappearing from North America and the Federal Government’s failure to engage in conservation of the species could lead to its demise. This is among the conclusions of a scathing analysis of the government’s draft Recovery Strategy for the Grizzly Bear Prairie Population in Canada, released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) and the Sierra Club of Canada.
“This pitiful response to protecting grizzly bears is yet another example of this government’s neglect when it comes to conservation,” said Barbara Cartwright, IFAW Canada Campaigns Manager.
 
“Environment Canada has formally condemned the prairie Grizzly bear population to extinction,” said Jean Langlois, National Campaigns Director for Sierra Club of Canada. “To make matters worse, they have so far refused to act on scientific recommendations to legally protect the remaining Canadian Grizzly bear population.”
 
Grizzly bears are locally extinct from their former prairie habitat, and the draft federal strategy recommends against trying to recover them. The Northwest population, which includes all of Canada’s remaining Grizzly bears, has been scientifically designated as species at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada since 1991, yet the Canadian government has still not listed the species under the federal Species at Risk Act.
 
“It is time for John Baird to stop playing dead. He must stand up and demonstrate his conservation credentials or the Government’s inertia will spell disaster for North American grizzly bears,” Cartwright added.

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