In recent years, Grizzly bear sightings have increased in northern Manitoba, and a new study claims they are now “regular residents” of the province. In the March issue of the academic publication Arctic, a team of wildlife experts investigated every suspected or confirmed grizzly sighting over the past four decades in Manitoba. The team from the University of Saskatchewan was led by Doug Clark.
The team confirmed 133 sightings since 1980, with 103 of the sightings taking place after the 2010s. That is a five-fold increase from the previous decade, according to the researchers. Most of the bears are likely coming down from Nunavut and going through the Hudson Bay coast.
Clark explained “we’ve seen grizzly bear observations more than double every decade since the 1980s, … It’s not just one bear wandering through any more. It’s pretty clearly something else going on.” Clark is an associate professor in the School of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
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