The Coastal First Nations have released a statement reaffirming their ban on bear trophy hunting in their territories.
Douglas Neasloss is the Chief Councillor for Klemtu, and he says the stand against trophy hunting is based on culture, ethics, and economics.
Economically, he says while the province points to the value of the trophy hunt in BC to be worth $350 million dollars, byt that figure includes all animals and not just bears.
Neasloss says their study points to the bear trophy hunt in BC to be worth much less.
He also says there will be monitors all along the coast from Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii to tell trophy hunters they’re not welcome.The Coastal First Nations is comprised of several First Nations along BC’s coast, and enacted the ban on bear trophy hunting in their territories in 2012.