Hunting of Grizzly Bears
In 2007 a record 430 grizzly bears were killed in British Columbia, 363 of them by sport hunters. This alarming statistic raises serious questions about government policy toward this iconic animal. The science used to estimate grizzly populations, and therefore set harvest quotas, is weak. Government grossly undervalues grizzly bear viewing as an economic generator while overestimating the importance of trophy hunting, revealing its bias toward the hunting sector. As the recent opinion survey (commissioned by Pacific Wild) indicates, the general public is overwhelmingly in favor of banning the sport hunting of grizzlies. In addition, given the grizzly’s vast habitat requirements, the health of this species will be a measure of our ability to make sound landscape-based decisions around forestry, mining and other extractive industries. Click here to learn more about why it’s time to end the hunt and take grizzly bear conservation seriously.