The tragedy of British Columbia's trophy hunt

The province's grizzly bear trophy hunt has galvanized 91% of British Columbians to express their disdain for the so-called “sport”. In light of this, Wildlife Defence League took to the mountains of Southeastern BC to monitor, document and expose the hunt. 

On the morning of June 7th, WDL bore witness to a skinned and beheaded grizzly bear in the back of a hunter’s truck - an event that served to underline all that is wrong with the provincial government’s perpetuation of this abhorrent practice in a part of the world so renowned for its wild nature. 

In an area where bear viewing and trophy hunting are expected to co-exist, forest service roads that are hikers’ and photographers’ arterial paths to BC’s wilderness are stained in blood. While trophy hunters attempt to pull the rug from underneath the future of bear viewing and eco-tourism in the province, those who choose to shoot photos rather than bullets will inevitably come face-to-face with the gruesome reality behind the glossy veneer of “Super Natural British Columbia”.

Photo credit: 

Chelsea Miller - photo 2, 3, 4, 7

Sam Edmonds - photo 1, 5, 6, 8