Christmas Has Come Early for BC Grizzlies
Nature Canada applauds the BC government’s decision to ban the hunting of grizzlies in the province, currently listed under COSEWIC as a species of special concern (western population). The decision was long overdue as the vast majority of British Columbians no longer believe it is socially acceptable to hunt these magnificent, iconic bears.
The consultation process with First Nations, stakeholder groups, and the public found that 78% of respondents wanted the hunt stopped entirely – and the government has finally listened. First Nations will still be allowed to hunt grizzlies for food, social or ceremonial reasons, or for treaty rights.
There is still much work to be done to address other threats to grizzlies, such as habitat loss. Nature Canada will continue to work with its local partners to ensure that provincial and federal governments protect important grizzly habitat in B.C. and through other parts of their range in Canada.
Stay tuned for more on our exciting Protected Places campaign in the New Year!