The grizzly bear is a vulnerable species in B.C., their population numbers are uncertain, yet hunting them is still legal. With increasing pressures of forest fires, declining salmon stocks and climate change, protecting grizzly bears has never been more important.
On August 14, the B.C. government announced that effective November 30, 2017 it will end all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest but only trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the rest of the province. This allows hunters to continue to kill vulnerable grizzly bears and carry out their meat.
The BC SPCA supports a total ban on grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and province-wide, as outlined in our submission to government (PDF). A total ban will respect Indigenous laws of the Coastal First Nations, preserve the cultural and ecological importance of the bears and their ecosystem, and promote world-class ecotourism.
Thank you to the more than 6,000 people who emailed the Fish and Wildlife Branch. If you missed the public input period, you have until the end of November to contact your MLA before cabinet votes in December.