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Today the BC NDP announced that, effective November 30, 2017, the government will end grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the province and stop all grizzly hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest. Hunting grizzlies for meat will be permitted outside of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister, Doug Donaldson stated that government will consult with First Nations and stakeholders to determine next steps in ending the trophy hunt. Additionally, the government said they will be moving forward with a broader consultation process on a renewed wildlife management strategy for BC.
While we are pleased to see the hunting of grizzlies banned in its entirety within the Great Bear Rainforest, we have concerns over how this new policy will impact bears elsewhere in the province, where hunting the animals for meat will be permitted. It is common knowledge that grizzlies are targeted for trophy and not for meat and as such, there is the potential for the hunt to continue under the guise of a meat hunt. Questions also remain about how such a policy would be enforced.
Therefore, while WDL welcomes the BC NDP’s commitment to ending to the grizzly bear trophy hunt, we are calling for a complete and total end to grizzly hunting across the province. We will continue to advocate to this end and to closely monitor the details of the government’s plan, its implementation and enforcement to ensure all grizzly bears receive the protection they truly need across the province.
Please help us continue this important work by donating to our #TrophyFreeBC campaign today – we’ve never been so close to ending BC’s grizzly bear hunt and together we can make it happen once and for all!