By Leah Murray
2013 was a hard year for the grizzly bear population in Alberta. 31 bears died 20 of those were directly related to hunters.
Alberta has had a moratorium on grizzly bear hunting in the province since 2006 and biologists are ringing the alarm bells for the grizzly bear in Alberta as it's struggling to maintain it's numbers.
Some estimates pin the number of Grizzlies in Alberta at around 760, although that number is argued by other groups who say the Province is "low-balling" those numbers.
Carrie San Cartier with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development says those caught illegally killing grizzly bears face some stiff fines and perhaps a stint in jail.
"The maximum fine for poaching is $100,000. If you're a hunter your could lose your hunting privileges all together. And jail time is a definite possibility for sure."
The Province says 11 of the grizzlies were killed illegally, while four were killed by hunters who mistook them for black bears.
Three more died at the hands of hunters in self defence, while the last two were killed by native hunters legally as a subsistence harvest.
Of the 11 who died from non-hunting related causes, four were killed in human related accidents. Two were destroyed by officials as problem bears. While five more died from unknown causes.