Alberta wildlife officials canceled this year's spring brown bear hunt, sighting bear numbers that are too low. The spring hunt has been on hold since 2006 and some are calling for Alberta to completely abandon the hunt. The Calgary Herald  has a write up on the cancellation.
A 2009 government report on the animals stated there are approximately 691 grizzlies in Alberta, not including those in national parks. "That population number is an estimate," said Darcy Whiteside, spokesperson for Alberta Sustainable Development, "so it's not 691, but 691 plus or minus a certain amount. Right now there is no area in the province that would sustain a harvest."