Alberta Grizzly Hunt Decision Delayed

Herald of Calgary, Bear Hunting Magazine

A highly anticipated decision on whether a provincial grizzly bear hunt will be restored or permanently axed will not come out until sometime in 2010, the government has now stated.

"A completed grizzly population survey needs to be reviewed by the Alberta government, then analyzed with other data by an unnamed, contracted scientist, then peer-reviewed by other scientists before being sent to a government committees dealing with at-risk species," said Darcy Whiteside, a spokesman for the Department of Sustainable Resource Development.

"Those committees' reports will then go to the minister's office. At that point, a decision will be made about whether to give legal protection to Alberta's grizzly bears," Whiteside said.

"It should go through the whole process for next year," he said.

Earlier this year, Minister Ted Morton said a permanent decision regarding the four-year moratorium on grizzly bear hunting would likely be made by the end of 2009. The change of schedule comes as the Alberta Fish and Game Association (see News Flash from August 28, 2009) calls on the province to immediately reinstate the hunt.

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