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BC should protect its Rockies for grizzlies, wolverines: conservation group

A conservation group says British Columbia should establish "safe havens" for wildlife in the southern Rockies to preserve habitat where animals will be able to flee the effects of climate change.

The Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada says the area often overshadowed by Banff National Park in Alberta and Glacier Park in Montana supports a diverse range of wildlife.

Society scientist John Weaver says global warming means winters with less snow cover and shrinking streams, which will affect species such as grizzlies, wolverines and even trout.

Weaver suggests a management area be established in the southeast corner of B.C. to provide range where animals can relocate in the future.

His report also recommends a provincial or national park in the nearby Flathead River basin, an area where the provincial government banned mining and drilling more than a year ago over U.S. concerns for Glacier Park south of the border.

Weaver says protecting lands for wildlife now will help ensure their survival in the future.

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