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The number of bears in the Foothills east of Banff and Jasper National parks has doubled over the past decade, the study by fRI Research found. Alberta grizzly bears need habitat protection, conservation group says Between 2004 and 2014, the grizzly bear population in Bear Management Area (BMA) 3 — which stretches from the Banff and Jasper national park boundaries east to Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House between Highways 16 and 11 — has increased from an estimated 36 bears to 74.  

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