British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Despite widespread opposition, our government and Canadian businesses are treating this vulnerable and iconic species as an expendable resource.
As each trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest starts anew, Pacific Wild watches in horror and we renew our campaign to bring this needless slaughter to an end. This year, the Spring and Fall grizzly bear hunt periods have been extended. The Spring hunt is now from April 1 to June 15, 2017 and the Fall hunt has been extended from August 15 to November 30, 2017. In the Spring hunt female bears may be shot due to mistaken identity leaving their tiny 2-5 month old cubs to perish. BC’s grizzly bear trophy hunt targets the species with the lowest reproduction rate of North American land mammals. 91% of British Columbians oppose the practice of trophy hunting, this includes nine Coastal First Nations who have placed a ban on grizzly bear trophy hunting in their territories.
Economically, BC’s grizzly bear trophy hunt threatens a sustainable and revenue-generating industry. Eco-tourism and bear viewing attract thousands of people to BC every year and create sustainable employment. Bear viewing and trophy hunting cannot co-exist – we need only look to the Kootenays to see how the trophy hunt there has shut down spring bear view- ing for the local eco-tour company. Ultimately, a live bear is worth far more than a dead one to the provincial economy in the long-term.
Our dedication at Pacific Wild in defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast is on-going. Please continue to voice your opposition!
Video by Pacific Wild's Lindsay Marie Stewart