Ban on grizzly bear trophy hunt gets mixed reaction

Posted August 16, 2017

The ban will take effect November 30, 2017, throughout the province - after this year's season, which opens Tuesday in the Peace River region, and later elsewhere. "And guide outfitters will be frustrated because they don't know what's going on".

"People in the province have come to their understanding, their point of view that the trophy hunting of grizzly bears is not a socially acceptable practice in 2017", he explained.

Klemtu is located in the Great Bear Rainforest, an area where Coastal First Nations first implemented their own grizzly bear ban in 2012.

The provincial government will consult with First Nations and other stakeholder groups during the fall to determine the next steps as it moves toward ending trophy hunting, it said.

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Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee said 4,000 grizzlies have been killed since the previous Liberal government reinstated the trophy hunt 16 years ago.

The government said there are an estimated 15,000 grizzlies in B.C. and 250 are killed by hunters every year. "It demonstrates the change in people's opinions about trophy hunting". Many readers could see this news and automatically think that it would be seen as a win by environmentalists and conservationists, and a blow to hunters.

The province will close "loopholes" by forbidding a meat hunter from possessing the paws, head, and hide of a grizzly to ensure trophy hunts are not conducted under the guise of a meat hunt, he added. In particular, we owe it to generations past and future to do all we can to protect the beauty and uniqueness of the Great Bear Rainforest.

In September 2015, graphic footage of two hunters killing a grizzly bear incurred the wrath of thousands after a B.C. conservation group posted the video to its Facebook page.

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"We're glad the senseless killing of grizzly bears is coming to an end".

The NDP's decision to end the ban is popular with groups that lead bear viewing tours, but unpopular with hunting guides. "It appears to me that the NDP were trying to play to environmental voters in the election campaign without thinking through their policies", Weaver said in a written statement.

"If you want to do something great for grizzly bears, let's work on habitat". The Trump administration announced in June that it was removing the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the endangered species list, because the bears' population has grown, as NPR's Colin Dwyer reported.

Wildsight appreciates Minister Donaldson's commitment to moving forward with a broader consultation process on a renewed wildlife management strategy for the province.

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