Government to make new announcement about grizzly bears

Elias Hubbard
December 19, 2017

The public opinion polling firm Insights West surveyed 817 B.C. adults in an online survey in late August, and found that 74 per cent of British Columbians want a total ban on grizzly hunting, with just 19 per cent wanting the hunt to continue.

In March, the Grizzly Bear Foundation said during the last four years, the province has allowed up to 573 grizzlies to be killed each year, about almost four per cent of B.C.'s grizzly population.

The province also said it would launch a consultation process on regulations to support a sustenance hunt, while ending the trophy hunt.

It is no longer possible for resident or non-resident hunters to apply for a permit to hunt a grizzly for food, but provincial staff estimate that fewer than 100 hunters a year have been interested in that.

British Columbia on Monday banned all grizzly bear hunting in the western Canadian province with immediate effect, expanding on its existing ban on trophy hunting.

"Our government promised that we would listen to the people of BC". I think it's a no-brainer to focus instead on bear-viewing.

Neasloss, who worked as part of the First Nations-led Coastal Guardian Watchmen network to stop grizzly trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and confronted armed hunters in his Nation's territory, said tours for bear-viewing brings in far more economic value to local communities than grizzly trophy hunting.

He said in early December that the month-long consultation process involved First Nations throughout the province and around 4,200 written responses were received.

Donaldson said all grizzly hunting has ended, except for Indigenous hunting for food, social and ceremonial purposes.

In 2016, hunters in B.C. killed 235 grizzlies - 30 per cent of them females - out of a population estimated by the province at 15,000. There are 600,000 kilometres of resource roads and another 10,000 kilometres are added each year, allowing more human access to wilderness areas and the potential for increased illegal killing of grizzly bears. A guided grizzly hunt had fetched up to about $20,000 US.

"We're elated", said Raincoast Conservation spokesman Brian Falconer.

Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild added: "The government made the right decision by closing the ill-conceived, pack-out-the-meat loophole".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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