A remote resort on the Central Coast is offering trophy hunters a chance to trade in their tags for binoculars.
The Nimmo Bay Resort has run the “Bullets for Binos” program for about four years. The program allows hunters to trade in their limited entry grizzly bear hunting permit for a three-day grizzly bear viewing tour instead.
Brianna Sloan is with Nimmo Bay and says it makes economic sense to view bears instead of shooting them.
She says while there are about 60 bear viewing operations in the province, supply can’t keep up with demand, especially for the European market.
Reception to the program has been very good says Sloan.
Douglas Neasloss is with the community of Klemtu, which also offered a similar program last year.
Neasloss also believes such programs can educate outsiders as well as provides a sustainable industry.
He adds viewing bears creates jobs and economic activity without having to cut down a tree or take out a fish.
Neasloss also contends the science behind the grizzly bear trophy hunt itself isn’t sound.
He says his community isn’t offering this program this year as they’re in discussions with the province on how to end the trophy hunt, but says bringing the program back is an option if the hunt continues.