In my November Alberta Outdoorsmen column, I discuss how much energy has been expended on debating the suspension of a very small grizzly bear hunt in Alberta while little public attention has been paid to the real issue: conserving grizzly bear habitat! The recently released information on the grizzly bear population north of highway 16 provides a look at what prime grizzly bear habitat may just be in this province. However, if our resource exploitation continues at the pace it has south of highway 16, human access to prime bear habitat will degrade that habitat and reduce the number of bears. So, whether you are in favor of the grizzly bear hunt or not, if you value the bear as I do, then you must support better habitat protection throughout its range.
So, what’s wrong with that?