Stop the Trophy Hunt
British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Despite widespread opposition, our government and Canadian businesses are treating this vulnerable and iconic species as an expendable resource. Along with First Nations and conservation partners, we are working to end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores on the B.C. coast - here's how you can help today:
Grizzlies are listed as a species of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, yet the province allows a Limited Entry Hunt for trophy hunters twice a year. B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from an estimated 35,000 bears in 1915 to possibly as low as six thousand today.
The province has made scant progress toward its promise of establishing no-hunt grizzly bear management areas;
The population estimates on which annual harvest rates are based are largely derived from speculation and opinion, and are widely contested by independent biologists;
Coastal First Nations has banned trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest;
The EU has even banned imports of grizzly bear parts over concerns about the sustainability of the hunt;
Two polls of B.C. residents revealed that 80-90% of citizens oppose the hunt (many trophy hunters are tourists in Canada, and foreigners and corporations can now own guide-outfitting territories);
Bear viewing generates far more revenue and employment than does guided bear hunting in B.C.
Clearly, it is time to lay down the weapons and start taking the issue of grizzly bear management seriously before these animals are pushed to the brink of extinction or extirpated as they have been elsewhere on the continent.
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.
Every year we watch with horror as the trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest starts anew. However, there is still hope. Pacific Wild is working tirelessly with First Nations communities and the eco-tourism industry to highlight this issue and the fact that wildlife viewing activities are viable and sustainable alternatives to trophy hunting. Please continue to voice your opposition! As each trophy hunting season begins, we renew our campaign to bring this needless slaughter to an end.
Spring and Fall grizzly bear hunt periods have been extended for 2017. The Spring hunt is now from April 1 to June 15, 2017 and the fall hunt has been extended from August 15 to November 30, 2017. Location specific dates in B.C. can be found here.
With a provincial election set for May 9th, 2017, there has never been a more crucial time to strive for a province-wide ban on the grizzly bear hunt. According to recent polls, 91% of BC residents oppose the hunt. It is the goal of Pacific Wild in collaboration with Wildlife Defence League to mobilize #TrophyFreeBC campaign and engage this vast majority of British Columbians to call on decision-makers to publicly oppose the grizzly bear hunt and move to introduce/support a province-wide ban in advance of the provincial election or in their election platform.
November 20, 2016: Will the grizzly bear trophy hunt be an election issue? Read about it here.
October 13, 2016: Legal Toolkit prepared by University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation Read it here.
September 1, 2016: Remains of Cheeky the grizzly bear, shot by trophy hunters, were rematriated to the Kwatna River by Bears Forever members. Read about it here.
June 13, 2015: Message from Pacific Wild
Read about team member Krista's encounter with trophy hunters in the Great Bear.
June 26, 2015: News Alert!
In 2005, Raincoast Conservation and Coastal First Nations bought out the central coast guide outfitter hunting territory. Now north and south coast territories are up for sale: Coastal grizzly hunt territories eyed for purchase by First Nations, enviros
January 7, 2014: Reports and Research
A new study released today finds that bear viewing ecotourism in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest “generates far more value to the economy”...
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