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Jessica Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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Black bear accesses human food at Lake Minnewanka in Banff, warning in effect

Black bear accesses human food at Lake Minnewanka in Banff, warning in effect

A black bear ate human food off a picnic table at Lake Minnewanka Loop and has been returning to the area, prompting the warning.
Alberta grizzly bear killing policy under fire

Alberta grizzly bear killing policy under fire

“It’s a hunt that is disguised as defending Alberta families against these ‘mean’ bears.”
Grizzly bears back in crosshairs as Alberta lifts hunting ban in select cases

Grizzly bears back in crosshairs as Alberta lifts hunting ban in select cases

Grizzly bears involved in human-bear conflicts, without young and with authorization by wildlife officers may be hunted by selected eligible individuals from pool created by forestry and parks minister.
Alberta Parks paving way for more parking in Kananaskis Highwood Pass

Alberta Parks paving way for more parking in Kananaskis Highwood Pass

“Increased parking capacity will help the area safely welcome more visitors, including providing a pull-through loop for RV parking and future transit opportunities.”
Alberta grad makes quantum leap, bags $100K scholarship

Alberta grad makes quantum leap, bags $100K scholarship

“I was just yelling at my parents, ‘come look at this,’ and we were all jumping up and down. It was really exciting.”
New plan for Alberta's provincial parks aims to ease growing pains

New plan for Alberta's provincial parks aims to ease growing pains

Province revising its Plan for Parks to address growing population, visitation and resulting pressures 15 years after first iteration.
Arsonist suspected to have lit tree on fire in Lake Louise

Arsonist suspected to have lit tree on fire in Lake Louise

Lighting a fire outside of a fire pit in a national park comes with a fine up to $25,000 warn officials after tree believed to be deliberately set on fire in Lake Louise.
Bearspaw First Nation signs historic funding agreement with Canada

Bearspaw First Nation signs historic funding agreement with Canada

“Before this, we only had one recognized comprehensive funding agreement for the three First Nations [Goodstoney, Chiniki and Bearspaw]. The issue has been that Canada was getting away with a three-for-one deal funding us.”
Illegal campfire sparks wildfire near Canmore

Illegal campfire sparks wildfire near Canmore

“For all we know, it was a really big fire, and as soon as they heard sirens, they left.”
Province scraps plans for Bow River dam near Mînî Thnî, west of Calgary

Province scraps plans for Bow River dam near Mînî Thnî, west of Calgary

“There’s a cultural and historical aspect to what a project like this could do to the reserve lands that can’t really be justified, not to mention the environmental aspect.”
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