Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

BC Government ends Grizzly Bear trophy hunting

BC Government ends Grizzly Bear trophy hunting

Announced Monday by Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson and in a B.C. government release, the ban will take effect on November 30 throughout British Columbia, after this year's season. According to the Toronto Star, numerous hunting permits had already been sold before the new government was formed. How effective the trophy hunting ban is will depend entirely on the specific regulations. The action reflects the demands of British Columbians, conservationists, and First Nations communities.

Since the trophy hunt restarted about 250 grizzly bears a year have been shot dead for the fun of it.

"By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we're delivering on our commitment to British Columbians", said forestry minister Doug Donaldson in a release.

Under the NDP's new rules, hunting for grizzlies will be completely banned in the Great Bear Rainforest, and hunters elsewhere will only be allowed to keep bear meat, not trophy parts.

The BC SPCA is opposed to the hunting of any animal for trophy or sport.

The 50,000-member, USA -based Safari Club International (SCI) has posted a tweet created to rally its supporters, saying: "Your help is needed to support grizzly hunting!"

For six days, hunter Steve Hamilton stealthily prowled the wilderness of the Williston Lake region north of Prince George, in search of a grizzly bear. The Liberals also promised during the last campaign to ban the practice in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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In 2016, the B.C. government reached an agreement with First Nations groups in the Great Bear Rainforest to protect 85 percent of old-growth forests in the 6.4 million hectare park. "We believe that during the upcoming consultations, the government will hear that people want full protection for grizzly bears".

The ban also fits into a renewed wildlife management strategy for the province and fulfills an election promise made by the NDP, he said.

Donaldson said this season's hunt will go ahead because permits were issued this summer. "Shutting down small businesses in this province isn't going to help grizzly bears", Werner said.

Hunting guides have criticized the decision. The move confused hunters, who argued the true threat to grizzly populations isn't hunting. In the southwest, grizzly population numbers are dangerously low.

It's not yet clear what hunters will be expected to do with those bear parts, but they would not be leaving the province, he said. There is more money to be made, after all, from grizzly bear-viewing tours than from selling trophy-hunting tags, which now brings in only $2 million per year. The group added that "virtually no one hunts grizzlies for food". In addition, it appears that steps will soon be taken to ensure it's illegal for a meat hunter to possess the hide, head or claws from a harvested grizzly. An advocate of all outdoor activities he's developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.

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