Mark Hume, Globe & Mail
Environmental groups are hoping to launch a major fundraising campaign in the near future to raise millions of dollars to put bear-hunting guides out of business in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Opponents of hunting in the wilderness region on the British Columbia coast north of Vancouver Island have been trying for years to push hunting guides and outfitters out of the region……
Brian Falconer of Raincoast Conservation Foundation confirmed his organization has been speaking with operators who hold guiding rights in the 35,000-hectare Great Bear Rainforest, which sprawls along the rugged mainland coast between the tip of northern Vancouver Island and the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle.
“We’re talking to four right now and they are the major guides active in the area,” Mr. Falconer said Wednesday. “Ultimately we’d like to buy out all the hunting guides in the Great Bear Rainforest.” Mr. Falconer said it would cost “in the millions” to buy out the guides. “There’s no question it will be a fundraising challenge … but we’re optimistic,” he said……..
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