Grizzly Deaths

Trains have become the number one killer of grizzly bears in Banff National Park. Why is it happening, and what can be done about it?

Can you help save the grizzlies of Banff National Park?

With between 30 and 40 trains making their way through Banff National Park each day, trains have now become the leading cause of mortality for grizzly bears in the mountain national parks.

Since 2000, 13 grizzlies have died from train strikes, as well as six orphaned cubs that did not survive their mother's death.  This number doesn't include strikes where it's unclear what happened to the bear. 

An average of two bears a year may not sound like much, but the grizzly population is already endangered.  Only an estimated sixty grizzlies are left in the park, and they have the lowest reproductive rate in the world.

CP Rail has spent tens of millions of dollars looking for a solution, yet nothing has worked so far.  Now, a panel of experts is convening to come up with new strategies to solve the problem.

Watch Reg Sherren's story and if you have any ideas on how to save the grizzlies of Banff National Park, please post them to this page.  Or simply share your thoughts about the story.