Bearing it all

Plutonic Power Corporation Inc. partially paid for a government study assessing Toba Inlet's grizzly bear population. And now the environment ministry is putting the finishing touches on that project, Public Eye has learned. Plutonic contributed $200,000 toward that project in fiscal 2008/09 to fund the collection of grizzly hair samples. And now the government is paying out an additional $47,000 to Wildlife Genetics International Inc., which will do DNA analysis of those samples and "estimate the abundance, density and distribution" of grizzlies in the inlet. A government spokesperson stated the study is meant to "get results on a base population estimate in the area that (the ministry) can use to compare to future estimates." Plutonic is presently constructing its flagship independent power project in the Toba Valley.

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