The BC government is ending the Grizzly Bear Trophy hunt and any grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest.
There are an estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in BC and each years about 250 are killed by hunters. The government says this action is supported by the vast majority of people across the province.
Although the trophy hunting will end, hunting for meat will still be allowed.
BC’s Forest Minister, Doug Donaldson says that it is a positive step for the province.
Donaldson says the province gains more revenue from grizzly bear viewing and that the residents of the province feel the hunt is outdated. The government is striving to keep true to campaign promises, as well as continue to preserve the uniqueness of the Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem.
The NDP government will be conducting consultations with a number of stakeholders to ensure communities and companies limited impact as well as to create a renewed Wildlife Management Strategy.