Hunting of grizzlies, especially females, exceeds B.C. government targets: new study

BY LARRY PYNN, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 6, 2013

The number of grizzly bears killed in B.C. exceeded government targets in half the areas where the province permitted hunting of the species, a new study released Wednesday concludes.

The study, a collaboration of six biologists from Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, looked at grizzly hunting in 50 of 57 population units from 2001 to 2011. (The number of units open to hunting declined to 41 in 2012).

Published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the study used historical records to find evidence of mortality exceeding government targets in those units by one to 24 grizzlies, or two to 171 per cent, during three periods over the decade studied.

“There is so much uncertainly in the management,” said the study’s lead author, Kyle Artelle…

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