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Purchasing Commercial Hunting Territories

IMAGINE if your conservation investment could go directly to protecting the lives of wild animals, now and forever. End the trophy hunt by helping us purchase commercial hunting licenses.

Threats to bears and wolves

For tomorrow’s children to see wild bears and wolves in coastal British Columbia, bold new conservation efforts are required. Coastal bears face numerous threats to their survival, including habitat loss, a declining supply of salmon, and trophy hunting.

While some progress has been made on protecting bear habitat, declines in salmon stocks are likely reducing the number of new cubs. The threat from trophy hunting also continues through much of the Great Bear Rainforest, even in protected areas.

This is more than just an ecological issue. It is an ethical issue. Hunting these magnificent animals for entertainment and profit is just plain wrong.

Our past accomplishments

coastal grizzly bear

Raincoast has a track record with big ideas. Given that the political landscape offers little hope for stopping trophy hunting, we pioneered a new approach to saving bears and wolves from hunters with high-powered rifles. In an unprecedented move, Raincoast and its supporters purchased an exclusive 25,000 sq km hunting license in 2005 for $1.3 million.

This purchase ended commercial trophy hunting over a huge section of BC’s coast.  With grizzlies, wolves, and black bears no longer targets for commercial trophy hunters,  we have seen river valleys come alive with bears and wolves in the 10 years since this aquisition. The renewed presence of these animals has also spurred commercial wildlife viewing and local business opportunities.

Throughout this vast area, people armed only with cameras can find grizzlies feeding on spring sedges or wolf pups playing in tidal mud flats. The apprehensions of the past – when fears that the next set of watchful eyes were behind a hunting scope – are now gone.

Purchasing the spirit bear hunting territory

In 2012, Raincoast secured a second hunting license– the primary place where spirit bears (a white coloured black bear), roam. Despite a restriction on killing spirit bears, killing black bears – that carry the recessive gene that causes the white coat – is allowed. Our purchase not only protects one of the rarest bears in the world, it safeguards the genetically unique rainforest wolves we have studied for a decade, and connects to our previous territory.

 

Raincoast and its supporters have acquired the commercial trophy hunting rights in over 28,000 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest (yellow and green parcels). Our long term goal is to secure the entire Great Bear Rainforest. We now stand poised to complete the job.