Monday, September 3, 2012

Railways, Bears, and conflicts (

Margaret Munro
Published: September 2, 2012, 9:53 pm
Updated: 12 hours ago
Parks Canada, CP rail, researchers part of five-year action plan to reduce human-wildlife conflict
The University of Alberta biologist and her graduate student Benjamin Dorsey take off their boots, roll up their pants and step barefoot onto an electrified mat straddling the Canadian Pacific Railway track. They jump right back off, yelping as a jolt runs up their legs.
“Just what we’re after – intense, fleeting pain,” says Cassady St. Clair.
A specialist in human-wildlife conflict, she is game to try almost anything to help animals co-exist with people — even if it entails a bit of short-term discomfort for the grizzlies in Canada’s premiere national park.
Wildlife conflicts don’t get much more dramatic, or intractable, than the one involving the iconic bears, an iconic company, and Canada’s most iconic park.

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