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B.C. bans grizzly bear hunt, effective immediately Dec 18 2017

B.C. bans grizzly bear hunt, effective immediately Dec 18 2017

BCWF Response to Grizzly Hunting Ban:

Using post-truth era consultative techniques the B.C. government has now decided to ban grizzly bear hunting to all but First Nations hunters. The government had said it was only going to ban the “trophy hunting of grizzly bears”, but has now changed its mind, and is banning grizzly bear hunting.

“This is the most disingenuous approach to forming public policy I have ever seen during my career inside and outside government,” said BC Wildlife Federation president Harvey Andrusak. “Government was very clear with the BCWF, that this consultative process was solely about what to do with grizzly “trophy parts”, and that discussion about the hunt itself was not the issue. The government deceived us.”


Read the BCWF news release Herehttp://bcwf.net/images/stories/news_release/2017/BCWF%20Responds%20to%20Grizzly%20Hunt%20Ban.pdf


Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press 

Published Monday, December 18, 2017 1:39PM EST 

Last Updated Monday, December 18, 2017 5:36PM EST

VANCOUVER — Hunting grizzly bears has been banned in British Columbia, a move guides complain will put them out of business while environmentalists say is long overdue.

B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzlies cannot be allowed, with the exception of First Nations who hunt for treaty rights or for food, social and ceremonial reasons.

“It is no longer socially acceptable to the vast majority of British Columbians to hunt grizzly bears,” Donaldson said Monday. “That’s the message.”

The spring hunt was scheduled to open in April, but the ban for both resident and non-resident hunters took effect immediately.

There are an estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in the province, which Donaldson said is a sustainable population.

In August, the provincial government announced a ban on trophy hunting across all of B.C., which came into effect following the close of the fall hunting season on Nov. 30.

The government issued about 1,700 grizzly bear permits in 2017, mostly to B.C. hunters. Around 300 bears are killed in the hunt ever year, about 250 of which are taken by non-First Nations hunters.

Rachel Forbes, head of the Grizzly Bear Foundation, applauded the ban, which she described as a welcome surprise.

“It’s been well over a decade of bad news for bears in B.C., so we’re not usually prepared for good news,” Forbes said.

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