Province To End Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting
Prince George, B.C. – As of the end of November, grizzly bear trophy hunting will no longer be an option in British Columbia.In addition , all hunting of grizzlies will be stopped in the Great Bear Rainforest.
There are an estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia. Each year, approximately 250 are taken by hunters. While the trophy hunt will end, hunting for meat will be allowed to continue.
The applications ( Limited Entry Hunt) generate about $540 thousand a year. Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson says the ban would have taken place earlier , but Limited Entry Hunt approvals were awarded in June, and guide outfitters had been allotted their hunts late last fall.
The grizzly bear hunt in the Omineca and Peace regions starts tomorrow. While different regions have different allowable times, the season for grizzlies ends November 30th. So this will be the final season to hunt grizzly bears.
Hunters will no longer be allowed to possess the hide, paws or head of a grizzly bear in an effort to ensure those who are allowed to hunt for meat are doing solely for the meat.
Minister Donaldson says the decision is a result of the grizzly population being at risk, and notes there will be a financial impact to guide outfitters and some communities “We recognize that there will be some loss of revenue in small communities from many aspects, however, we are of the full understanding the majority of people in the Province support the ending of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”
He says consultation this fall will look at the impacts, and how communities can transition or mitigate the impact.