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Debate Essay: End The Grizzly Bear Hunt In Alberta

1163 words - 5 pages

With all the speculation going around about Grizzly Bears in Alberta these days, it's hard for one to help but become lost in the numbers, the varying facts and especially the politics behind it all. So what is really happening in our wilderness? Scientists say we are precariously close to losing our Grizzly bear populations, while our government really hasn't made up its mind yet. So to clear up any confusion, the Grizzly bear hunt has been suspended for three years, just as our scientists have advised. The new question is what will this accomplish? As it stands these next three years will be devoted to conducting a DNA census to finally get a reliable and more accurate estimate of the Grizzly population. Only then will we know what is to become of our Grizzlies. However, we have spent many years waiting on the government to make a move, how can we allow ourselves to stand around yet again when we have the chance to take control for ourselves? I am against the Grizzly bear hunt, but it's grown to so much more then that. I am against the frivolous destruction of our wilderness and our lack of motivation to make a change. As society it is our responsibility to strive for the ideal balance between nature and economy, there is always room for improvement and we should never be satisfied until that ultimate ideal has been achieved. Hunting the Grizzly Bears is taking a step in the wrong direction.On an environmental note Alberta's ecosystems, like all others, are very delicate and no matter who you are or what you believe in, they affect everyone. From providing those nature-lovers with a sense of awe and some great recreation to simply creating lovely scenery, Alberta's wilderness is part of our lives in so many ways we almost don't realize it. How many people from out of town can wake up to deer running down the street or rabbits and coyotes in almost every field? In Alberta it's inevitable, even in the big cities, for people to have many interactions with the local wildlife. It is our job to protect and conserve it. In order to do so properly, we need to have knowledge about what is happening within those ecosystems. That is where Grizzly bears come in. Grizzly bears are top predators and therefore give us the best indications of pollutants entering the ecosystem through the science of bioaccumulation. Without this access to knowledge we could be rendered blind to dangerous toxins in our water, our fields and our forests, all which would circle around and harm the human population. Grizzlies are also an excellent indicator of genetic pools. Through tracking offspring and local reproducing Grizzles, scientists can achieve a better understanding of the travel patters of local wildlife and more importantly the lack there of. Reaching a vast biodiversity is essential to sustaining healthy ecosystems, and in many ways our Grizzlies contribute to that. Their importance should not be taken for granted, for if our Grizzlies do disappear, it would be...

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