Stop the Trophy Hunt

The opening of trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest has started. This year, the BC government even extended the spring and fall grizzly bear hunts. 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.

On August 14th, the NDP government announced a ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt province-wide and a stop to all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest – after the fall hunt. The government’s announced changes still allow for the killing of grizzlies in the rest of the province so long as hunters take the bear’s meat. This does not make for a true end to trophy hunting; it is a loophole that will be nearly impossible to enforce. A ban needs to truly be a ban, and Pacific Wild is advocating for a moratorium on all grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia. 

The goal

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. Along with First Nations and conservation partners, we are working to end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores in B.C. - here's how you can help today:

      1. Send a message to the B.C. New Democratic Party
      2. Sign the petition to stop trophy hunting

The Issue

With a provincial election set for May 9th, 2017, there has never been a more crucial time to strive for a province-wide ban on the grizzly bear hunt.

Grizzlies are listed as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, yet the province allows a Limited Entry Hunt for trophy hunters twice a year. B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from an estimated 35,000 bears in 1915 to possibly as low as six thousand today. 

  • The province has made scant progress toward its promise of establishing no-hunt grizzly bear management areas;

  • The population estimates on which annual harvest rates are based are largely derived from speculation and opinion, and are widely contested by independent biologists;

  • Coastal First Nations has banned trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest;

  • The EU has even banned imports of grizzly bear parts over concerns about the sustainability of the hunt;

  • Two polls of B.C. residents revealed that 80-90% of citizens oppose the hunt (many trophy hunters are tourists in Canada, and foreigners and corporations can now own guide-outfitting territories);

  • Bear viewing generates far more revenue and employment than does guided bear hunting in B.C.

Clearly, it is time to lay down the weapons and start taking the issue of grizzly bear management seriously before these animals are pushed to the brink of extinction or extirpated as they have been elsewhere on the continent.

Our opposition to trophy hunting is based on ethics, population biology, economics and ecology. The B.C. government bases its allocation of licences for trophy hunting of grizzly bears on highly uncertain modelling of population numbers. Many bear scientists contend that actual population numbers cannot sustain current levels of hunting, with the result being that grizzlies could be decimated beyond recovery in up to 50% of the province within 40 years. We continue to work towards policy changes and to raise public awareness around trophy hunting in order to protect these iconic animals from human behaviour.

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Campaign Updates 

Every year we watch with horror as the trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest starts anew. However, there is still hope. Pacific Wild is working tirelessly with First Nations communities and the eco-tourism industry to highlight this issue and the fact that wildlife viewing activities are viable and sustainable alternatives to trophy hunting. Please continue to voice your opposition! As each trophy hunting season begins, we renew our campaign to bring this needless slaughter to an end. 

As of August 15th, 2017, the fall bear hunt is now open in parts of British Columbia. The NDP government has announced a ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt province-wide and a stop to all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest, effective November 30, 2017.

Today, we are seeing a long-awaited acknowledgement of the opinion of 90% of British Columbians who oppose the killing of grizzly bears for sport. We are celebrating the government’s decision to ban all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest. We thank Coastal First Nations, other organizations dedicated to this cause, and the many, many individuals who have spoken out, and celebrate the recognition of the growing bear-viewing industry in remote communities.

However, the government’s announced changes still allow for the killing of grizzlies in the rest of the province so long as hunters take the bear’s meat. This does not make for a true end to trophy hunting; it is a loophole that will be nearly impossible to enforce. Click here to read our news release, as we urge the province to make the ban complete. 

 

Recent Updates:

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August 14, 2017: Government of British Columbia to end grizzly bear trophy hunting. Read about it here. 

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May 5, 2017: Coalition presents united front, calling on the Government of BC to end the trophy hunting of grizzly bears across the province. Read about it here. 

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April 27, 2017: Grizzly bear advocates deliver more than 75,000 names to Victoria calling for a ban. Read about it here. 

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April 11, 2017: B.C. Liberals promise to eliminate grizzly trophy hunting in the GBR. Read about it here

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March 28, 2017: B.C. Government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears. Read about it here

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March 7, 2017: Dark Days Ahead For BC's Grizzly Bears. Read about it here

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February 28, 2017: Wildlife slaughter proponents unite Read about it here. 

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February 24, 2017: Let’s Make This a 2017 Election Issue. Watch the video here. 

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November 20, 2016: Will the grizzly bear trophy hunt be an election issue? Read about it here. 

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October 13, 2016: Legal Toolkit prepared by University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation Read it here. 

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September 1, 2016: Remains of Cheeky the grizzly bear, shot by trophy hunters, were rematriated to the Kwatna River by Bears Forever members. Read about it here. 

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June 13, 2015: Message from Pacific Wild

Read about team member Krista's encounter with trophy hunters in the Great Bear.

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June 26, 2015: News Alert!

In 2005, Raincoast Conservation and Coastal First Nations bought out the central coast guide outfitter hunting territory. Now north and south coast territories are up for sale: Coastal grizzly hunt territories eyed for purchase by First Nations, enviros

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January 7, 2014: Reports and Research

A new study released today finds that bear viewing ecotourism in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest “generates far more value to the economy”...

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