At a time when the province is revisiting its grizzly bear recovery program, battle lines are being drawn between ranchers and conservationists in Alberta.

According to the Calgary Herald, some ranchers – especially those in the southwest corner of the province – want a grizzly hunt, suspended in 2006, reinstated.

But conservationist Katie Morrison of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society objects to the idea, noting that target numbers for the bears remain low. The Alberta government put its recovery program in place five years ago when it counted about 700 grizzlies in the province.

But new stats indicate that number might be closer to 1,100 since the bears move around between Alberta, British Columbia and Montana.