Each fall Raincoast’s research vessel, Achiever, sets sail to visit our commercial hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. Our trips coincide with the return of salmon that draw grizzly bears, wolves, Spirit bears, and black bears to its estuaries and rivers. It’s no exaggeration to say that BC’s coast offers some of the best wildlife viewing of large carnivores on the planet.
These opportunities exist in the watersheds within the commercial tenures we have purchased, as bears and other large carnivores are no longer subject to the pressures, and persecution, of commercial trophy hunting. We visit bearing cameras, not guns. In partnership with Coastal First Nations, we now want to extend these protections to some of the most exceptional watersheds in the Great Bear with the purchase of the Nadeea tenure and, if you can help us, maybe we can take you there.
The tenures Raincoast has already purchased, such as the one we acquired in 2005, cover prime bear and wolf habitat located in spectacular landscapes like the Fiordland Conservancy, a place defined by towering granite walls plunging into deep fjords gouged out during the last ice-age. We also explore the islands and estuaries of our Spirit bear tenure, acquired in 2012. This purchase also protects black bears that carry the Spirit bear gene; currently these bears can still be killed for trophy, as can wolves, cougars and wolverine.
This is not only a chance for the adventure of a lifetime, it’s an opportunity to support a conservation initiative that will safeguard generations of coastal carnivores. Tweet This!
The competition rules are simple: raise or donate $5,000 for our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign by Thanksgiving (October 8th, 2018) and you will be entered with a chance to win a ten-day trip for two with Raincoast in the fall of 2019.1 All donations will receive a tax receipt. The $5,000 is intended as a challenge as we now have less than six months to raise just under $250,000, before our purchase agreement expires. Can you convince your family and friends to support you? Can you join together with work colleagues to create your own fundraising team? We have provided resources and a guide to help you inspire others.
The trips we take are always a privilege, and we are thankful to all First Nations on the coast who are our partners in this campaign and who share the vision of ending all commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores within their territories.
This is not only a chance for the adventure of a lifetime, it’s an opportunity to support a conservation initiative that will safeguard generations of coastal carnivores.
For the wolves and the bears.
- You will need to cover your own travel to and from Bella Bella. ↩
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