Stop the Trophy HuntPacific Wild’s office is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, and a priority for us has always been to maintain a full time presence in the field. Our staff and volunteers spend a large portion of their time in the field, from the outer coast to the fjords and river valleys allowing us to monitor wildlife, industrial and other activity in many of the remote areas of the coast. Most of the coastal First Nations communities also have formal Guardian Watchmen or CoastWatch programs now, whose focus is to provide a regular patrol of their territories. It is heartening to know that these “eyes and ears” are out there, joining a large number of boaters and local residents who also watch out for activity that can harm wildlife and their habitat.
This work is critical. The B.C. government refuses to fund conservation officers in the Great Bear Rainforest. In fact, the Ministry of Environment refuses to fund a single full-time conservation officer along this entire coastline. Pacific Wild staff and volunteers continue to uncover evidence of major poaching and other illegal interactions with wildlife.
Large carnivores continue to be hunted for sport in the Great Bear Rainforest, even in parks and conservancies. Along with First Nations and conservation partners, Pacific Wild is at the forefront of the campaign to end the sport hunt of bears, wolves and other large carnivores on the B.C. coast. We work with First Nations and other conservation partners to end trophy hunting.
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.
A Park for the KillingRead here for the latest dispatch "A Park for Killing" from the Kwatna River by Ian McAllister - May 24, 2012
Take a moment to do your part and sign the petition to stop the trophy hunt here: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/trophyhunt.html
Death of a Great BearView Death of a Great Bear, a two part documentary on grizzly bear trophy hunting
Pacific Wild and an international network embarked upon an ad campaign in Spring 2010 pushing for an end to the sport hunt of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Some of the ads that were published in newspapers throughout the province:
View pdfs of the above ads:
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 23, 2010