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G8 delegates protected from grizzly bears
10 May 2002
Grizzly bears are to be trapped and tranquillised to stop them scaring delegates at the G8 summit in Canada.

They will be fitted with radio collars so officials can monitor their movements on the Alberta site.
Grizzly bears are to be trapped and tranquillised to stop them scaring delegates at the G8 summit in Canada.

They will be fitted with radio collars so officials can monitor their movements on the Alberta site.

Dogs will also be used to chase away any bears which get too close to visiting politicians and security staff.

Wildlife officials say the scheme will also protect grizzlies from being shot by over-anxious armed guards during the economic summit. It is scheduled to take place on June 26 and 27.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports some wildlife biologists have criticised the project as paranoid.

Brian Horejsi said: "Somehow, they have twisted things around so that every animal that can bite somebody or pee on a tyre requires intensive monitoring. It's total nonsense. It's a gross distortion of everything we know about these animals."

It's estimated 40 bears live near the conference site in Kananaskis Country Provincial Recreation Area.

In the last 100 years, there has only been one recorded case locally of a bear killing a human.

Wildlife officials in charge of the tagging project say it will help protect the animals.

The bears will be trapped with leg snares, tranquilised, fitted with radio collars and re-released. Some of the animals could be shot with tranquilliser darts from helicopters.
See also:
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_584724.html?menu=news.latestheadlines.worldnews
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