Trophy hunting of grizzly bears ending this fall


The letter, which opens with a note of "congratulations on your successful application", the province begs hunters to "consider why it is important to select a male grizzly bear during your hunt", and that the province is "appealing that you and your fellow hunters consider the implications of harvesting a female bear" because killing them "can have a dramatic impact on a population's growth rate".

The B.C. NDP government acted on another campaign promise Monday by ending trophy hunting for grizzly bears across B.C. and halting all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest is the one exception to food hunting.

Donaldson says the ban is supported by the vast majority of British Columbians. "We believe the action we're taking goes beyond the commitment to Coastal First Nations made as part of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest agreements". Former premier Christy Clark supported the grizzly trophy hunt and the BC Liberals have received support from global trophy hunting lobbyists. It appears to me that the NDP were trying to play to environmental voters in the election campaign without thinking through their policies.

An estimated 15,000 grizzly bears live in B.C. with about 250 killed each year by hunters, according to the government.

"While the trophy hunt will end, hunting for meat will be allowed to continue", the release stated.

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Horgan's pledge in 2016 was met with criticism by conservationists.

Also, foreign hunters will still be able to shoot grizzlies in British Columbia, take a picture of themselves standing over the dead beast, and head back home without harvesting any of the animal.

"There's clearly no way to enforce this". Banning possession of the hide, paws and head leaves open the possibility that hunters could shoot a grizzly bear and leave the entire carcass behind, he said.

The ministry said in the coming months Donaldson will be consulting with First Nations and other stakeholders to figure out next steps.

The subject has always been controversial, with the province insisting its own scientists had found enough grizzly populations to justify a limited hunt, and other researchers disputing those facts in the absense of clear population data.

The grizzly hunt will end on November 30 of this year when the ban takes effect. "Under these circumstances, allowing hundreds of grizzly bears to be legally killed every year for sport or trophies is unreasonable in our opinion", the report noted.