Effective immediately, the B.C. NDP has put an end to grizzly bear hunting in the province.
A recent poll revealed that 78% of respondents wanted the hunt to end entirely. Other reasons for implementing these measures include promoting the grizzly bear-viewing economy, and preserving the estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia.
“Through consultations this past fall, we have listened to what British Columbians have to say on this issue and it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values,” stated Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in a release today.
This news arrives shortly after a ban on grizzly bear trophy hunting that took effect on Nov. 30, 2017.
First Nations are still permitted to harvest grizzly bears in accordance with ceremonial or social purposes, treaty rights, and Aboriginal rights for food.