Rebecca Boyd / Times Colonist
November 4, 2015
I live near Chicago, and had never been near a bear. Now I had a licence to kill a grizzly bear, but the intention to save one.
I spent 11 days on a fall grizzly “hunt” in coastal British Columbia with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit working to protect grizzlies and their habitat.
On my trip, I shot bears only with my camera.
“We maintained our zero per cent success rate,” said Brian Falconer, Raincoast’s guide outfitter co-ordinator, about the bears killed on the foundation’s “hunts” since 2005.
My non-resident grizzly hunting licence was one of two that Raincoast obtained this fall. Raincoast has purchased exclusive commercial hunting rights for 28,000 square kilometres in the Great Bear Rainforest near the First Nations communities of Bella Bella, Klemtu and Bella Coola…
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