Grizzly train death prompts call for protection
Calls made for measures to keep the animals away from trains
The bear was hit near Banff on Friday, possibly as it was eating grain that had spilled onto the tracks from passing trains, said Steve Michel, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Parks Canada.
It's the sixth such incident in three years.
"This is a huge concern for us. We're continuing to work as best as we can with [CP] to try and work towards some future solutions in the area," he said.
Limiting how fast trains are allowed to travel through the park and putting up more fences around the tracks are two options being considered, Michel said.
Alberta Wilderness Association spokesman Nigel Douglas called the grizzly's death — the second in about a month — unacceptable.
"It's getting to a really perilous state for grizzly bears generally in Alberta now. You intuitively think that the national parks are going to be a place where grizzly bears are relatively safe," he said.
"But it's becoming increasingly clear that the mortality levels, even in the national parks, are way too high."
The Alberta government designated grizzly bears a threatened species earlier this month in an effort to better protect the animals.