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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Alberta grizzly bears number only 691!!

"An Alberta grizzly bear count by an independent scientist pegs the population at 691, but the province has not stated if that's enough to list the species as threatened.
Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet, an expert on large mammals, noted in a report released Wednesday that some local grizzly bear populations may be declining.
Cutting down on "human-caused mortality" such as vehicle collisions with bears and "motorized access to habitat" would help stabilize the number of grizzlies, according to the report.
Environmental groups have been lobbying the Alberta government to declare the grizzly — currently considered "may be at risk" — as threatened, so that a current hunting ban becomes permanent and steps can be taken to protect their habitat.
There were 841 bears in Alberta in 2000, according to a count done that year by the provincial government.
The Endangered Species Conservation Committee will make a recommendation on whether or not to change the bears' designation after reviewing Wednesday's report, said the province in a news release."

source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/

If you  live in Alberta, (and even if you do not)  I suggest if you care about our Grizzly Bears that you join Action Grizzly Bear by going to http://actiongrizzlybear.ca/ You can send a letter to Alberta Government Minister of Sustainable Resources Mel Knight by going to this link:http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5654/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1735
You can read the 57 page report which the Government of Alberta has released entitled, "Status of the Grizzly Bear in Alberta:Update 2010 by going to the following website: http://www.srd.alberta.ca/



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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.