Grizzly Bear hunters target B.C. provincial parks, highways

I’m not sure if this report is about all human caused mortality or legal hunting. The existence of nearby paved road access makes a big difference regardless.

Grizzly Bear hunters target B.C. provincial parks, highways. Globe and Mail. Mark Hume

2 Responses to “Grizzly Bear hunters target B.C. provincial parks, highways”

  1. william huard Says:

    Canada has anything but a stellar record on conservation issues. From tar sands to polar bear hunting, to the neanderthal seal hunt on the east coast to this BC bear sport trophy hunt, this is the country that devastated the Cod fishery and then blamed the seal!

  2. SEAK Mossback Says:

    There have long been groups calling for a complete moratorium on grizzly bear hunting in B.C. It certainly may be biologically justified in some accessible parts of the B.C. and Alberta, but just as certainly not in seldom traveled places like the Taku River.

    It seems like natural resource and environmental issues in Canada are often all or nothing propositions. It’s either rampant, questionably sustainable exploitation or some group beating the drum for an across-the-board generic forever moratorium, until their political stars happen to line up. The province and its multi-national timber clients hammered almost every high volume old growth watershed on the west coast of Vancouver Island until they looked like Scotland – no trees in sight! – and are working on northern B.C. in the same fashion. On the other hand, based on a year or two of particularly poor ocean survival, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans rang national alarms and turned the coho salmon into a sacred cow, ferreted out almost every last incidental mortality, and bought out most of the salmon fleet at huge expense – just in time for ocean conditions to turn around and embarrassingly large runs to return to northern B.C. (with almost no fishery left). The coho salmon is actually one of the most resilient species under exploitation by humans, as long as they have intact watersheds with good habitat.

    Timber, which has a recruitment cycle far beyond the length of a political career, should be managed by the Feds with input from Congress and the national public as it is on the Tongass National Forest – because local politicians find it far too tempting too weigh in for over-exploitation for short-term benefits. Salmon, on the other hand have mostly a 2 to 5 year cycle which makes political decisions to over-exploit much less attractive and management decisions are best carried out by local boards and management biologists. This is the case in Alaska. The opposite is the case in Canada – Feds manage the fisheries and the province manages timber (and therefore the habitat). The problem for us is that our congressional delegation is frustrated with the current slow pace of logging on the Tongass so is forever working on ways to turn more pristine national timberland over to local hands, either to Native Corporations that will reliably liquidate all old growth timber into cash just as expeditiously as possible, or a university land trust that could easily do the same thing.

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