Numbers game: Fall 2017

Notable numbers about hunting and fishing, from 29 to 230,649

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400

American eels released into the Ottawa River in July by the conservation group Ottawa Riverkeeper, in collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The release is designed to help restore collapsed eel populations.

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203,649

Hectares burned this year in B.C.’s wildfires, as of late July. Due to extremely dry and windy conditions, 2017’s wildfires are predicted to be the largest in terms of area burned in the province’s history. As of 2016, the 10-year average was 180,462 hectares burned.

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36

Minimum hours a black-legged tick needs to feed before it transmits the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Experts recommend people shower and check their entire bodies for ticks after spending a day afield.

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20th

Anniversary of the Alberta Conservation Association, whose mission is “to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for Albertans to enjoy, value and use.”

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29

Percentage of Canadians who spend less than 30 minutes a week outside for recreational activities, according to the 2017 Coleman Canada Outdoor Report. Hosted by the Angus Reid Forum, the report surveyed more than 1,500 adults about their outdoor habits.