The BC government is ending the grizzly bear hunt.
The hunt was scheduled to open April 1st, 2018, but forests minister Doug Donaldson says the ban on hunting for both resident and non-resident hunters takes effect immediately.
First Nations will still be able to harvest grizzly bears under Aboriginal rights for food, social, or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights.
Donaldson says nearly 80% of respondents to government consultations were in favour of banning the grizzly hunt.
“Through consultations this past fall, we have listened to what British Columbians have to say on this issue and it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values,” Donaldson said. “Our government continues to support hunting in this province and recognizes our hunting heritage is of great importance to many British Columbians.”
In August 2017, the province announced the end of trophy hunting of grizzly bears and stop all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest.
There are an estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia.