The Alberta government says there are just under 700 grizzly bears living in the province.

But the government isn’t saying whether that’s a low enough number to list the species as threatened.

The new report, done by an independent scientist, estimates that there are 691 bears in Alberta and notes that some of the populations are declining.

At last count in 2000, the government said there were 841 bears in the province.

The government says the Endangered Species Conservation Committee will review the new count and decide whether to change the bears’ designation.