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Grizzly bear hunt banned in all British Columbia

18 Décembre 2017

According to recent polls, over 70 per cent of B.C. residents, including hunters, support a ban on grizzly hunting.

On Dec. 8 Donaldson said a consultation process was completed to help craft regulations around the future of the grizzly bear hunt in the province. "About 78 per cent of respondents indicated that the grizzly hunt should be stopped entirely".

Even though the province has an estimated 15,000 grizzlies, the British Columbia government has made a decision that will leave big game hunters shaking their heads in frustration.

British Columbia on Monday banned all grizzly bear hunting in the western Canadian province with immediate effect, expanding on its existing ban on trophy hunting. "The minority government and a governing agreement signed by the B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens have allowed us to take a stronger position and we commend the government's bold announcement today". (The margin of error of 3.5 per cent, and the survey was commissioned by the anti-trophy hunting Lush Cosmetics and the Commercial Bear Viewing Association).

First Nations have treaty rights to hunt for food, social or ceremonial purposes.

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An October 2017 report on the hunt by B.C. Auditor General Carole Bellringer found that hunting is not the biggest threat to bears.

Donaldson said the government remains committed to upholding B.C.'s hunting tradition despite taking the grizzly bear off the list of species one can hunt.

In 2016, wildlife biologists from the University of Alberta and the University of Minnesota gave the B.C. government a passing mark for management of its grizzly hunt, making 51 recommendations for improving habitat protection and population estimates.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which holds several guiding territories, has said it would also like a ban on trophy hunting of all large predators in the Great Bear Rainforest, including black bear, cougars, and wolves. Of course, the number of people who live and work in grizzly country is just a drop in the bucket compared to those who live in urban regions of B.C., so this is yet another example of city-dwellers telling those who reside elsewhere how they should conduct their lives.

Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild added: "The government made the right decision by closing the ill-conceived, pack-out-the-meat loophole".

Grizzly bear hunt banned in all British Columbia