Oct 17, 2017
Grizzly bear hunt strategy input open
until Nov 2
Lori Chortyk, SPCA
BC SPCA is urging British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear
hunting across the province. The public has until Nov. 2 to provide input to
the B.C. government on two policy documents outlining proposed changes to
the grizzly bear hunt.
“This summer the B.C.
government announced it will end all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great
Bear Rainforest, effective Nov. 30, 2017, but in the rest of the province
the ban will only apply to trophy hunting,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, chief
scientific officer for the BC SPCA. “This means that the provincial
government will still regulate a “meat hunt” of grizzlies instead of a full
The BC SPCA supports a total, province-wide ban on grizzly bear hunting.
“The grizzly bear is a vulnerable species in B.C., their population numbers
are uncertain, yet hunting them is still legal,” says Dubois. “With
increasing pressures from forest fires, declining salmon stocks and climate
change, protecting grizzly bears has never been more important.” Dubois adds
that, without a full ban, trophy hunters can still get their digital
“trophy” posing beside bears they have killed.
“A total ban will respect Indigenous laws of the Coastal First Nations, will
preserve the cultural and ecological importance of the bears and their
ecosystem and will promote world-class ecotourism,” says Dubois.
To learn more about the issue and to voice your views to government, visit
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