Save Bear #148
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Bear 148 an iconic 6yr old female Banff National Park grizzly bear who's mother is Bear 64, a female grizzly who coexisted in Banff townsite and Banff National Park for 25 years. To the best of our knowledge due to genetic testing by Parks her father is the iconic Bear 122 "The Boss" Banff's Dominant grizzly. This year Bear 126 (another dominant male) came down from Lake Louise to visit her as she is now of breeding age, there is a possibility she is pregnant.
Bear 148 has received a lot of press lately as she recently crossed Banff's borders (bears don't understand borders) into Canmore which is part of her range, and acted in a defensive manor during an incident involving dogs near a wildlife corridor and captured. After some debate she was eventually released back into Banff National Park with a stay of execution by Alberta Fish and Wildlife. Since we can not build a wall between Canmore and Banff, we cannot ensure her safety.
We know of so many people that have had so many positive encounters with Bear 148 and understand how important she is to Banff National Park and Alberta. She belongs here and on our landscape, the only home she knows and should not be executed for simply being a bear. She is surrounded by millions of people yearly and does a pretty good job of avoiding them.
This petition is to serve as a message to the various government agencies involved letting them know how many of us want to see Bear 148 left alone. We do not want our local grizzly population to be decimated as our local wolf population has.
We are a group of people willing to put our names down in defence of wildlife and tell our government it needs to stand up to its commitment of conservation over euthanasia or relocation.
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