As grizzly bears start waking from their winter slumber across Alberta, one wildlife advocacy association is calling on the provincial government to do more to protect the threatened species.

Numbers released by the province in April show the number of grizzly bear deaths has been on the rise since 2008, with 2016 seeing 29 deaths — something the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) calls a “dismal record,” but the government doesn’t see it that way.

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