Yes, Amy, I'm here.
I've been waiting for you to get in touch with me from 1960-something. I sound tired?
That's because it obviously didn't occur to you that it's getting late here in Ontario (late for my age, anyway). I'm pretty sure the time is earlier wherever you made it to after this past week of hitchhiking.
You made it to the province of Alberta? Okay, your time is two hours behind mine then. You're near Banff?
Can you show me what the scenery looks like outside of the van?
Oh my gosh it's utterly beautiful. Can you pan around a bit?
Oh. Not what I was expecting, but hey ... they look like a fun couple of hippies to travel with.
Keep panning around though, please.
So stunningly gorgeous.
Okay, keep panning ...
And ... you're out of the van. Pretty neat trick, Amy.
Although I think it'd be a pretty good idea to get back in the van IMMEDIATELY.
Grizzly bears live across the whole of Alberta's wilderness..
Less than 600 grizzlies are estimated to roam currently - a stark drop from a past population of approximately 6,000 to 9,000.
The grizzly, or brown bear, is one of the two species of bears in Alberta.
They eat meat and fish, but a large part of their diet consists of foraging for roots, grasses and plant matter to build up the fat reserves they will need to get through the winter.
Grizzlies have a slow reproduction rate. Litters are small and cubs are produced only every 3 to 4 years.
A large network of industrial access roads threatens the population of Alberta's grizzly bears.
Industrial roads allow increased access for both legal and illegal hunters. -
It's a good idea to watch a grizzly from a distance, Amy.
And for them to watch us from a distance as well.
Now if only we could protect them.