10/09/2012 10:28 EDT | Updated 12/09/2012 05:12 EST

Grizzly Cubs Killed In Banff After Being Struck By Train

BANFF, Alta. - Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed in a collision with a train in Banff National Park.

The one-year-old bears died but their mother was not hurt in the Friday collision with the Canadian Pacific Rail freight, about 10 kilometres west of the Banff townsite.

Steve Michel, a wildlife specialist with the park, says the rail company informed the park about the collision on Friday night.

Michel says officials knew a female grizzly with two yearlings had been in the area before the accident.

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The deaths bring to 13 the number of grizzlies that have been killed by trains in the park since 2000.

A five-year research project with CP Rail to prevent collisions involving trains and bears was launched last year.

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