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Auditor critical of protections in place for grizzly bears

The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia says the greatest risk to grizzly bears is not the hunt but rather, the degradation of grizzly bear habitat.
Carol Bellringer says the expansion of development in oil and gas, forestry and human settlement makes it more difficult for grizzly bears to mate, results in a loss of food sources, as well as more human-bear conflicts.
Bellringer says government ministries have long-standing public commitments for managing grizzly bears but her team found the ministries have not fulfilled many of them.
In an effort to address the problems, Bellringer has made ten recommendations including the province review legislation to clarify the roles and responsibilities between the ministries involved.
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