Come experience the Kitlope – the next hunting tenure where we plan to safeguard coastal carnivores

With 33,500 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest already protected from trophy hunting, we’ve been busy raising money to protect the wildlife in the iconic Kitlope Valley.

Raincoast currently has an agreement to purchase the exclusive rights to guide trophy hunters in an area of over 5000 sq. km., which includes all of the Kitlope/ Nuyum Jees Conservancy. This is the next step in our campaign to stop trophy hunting of large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. Working with numerous First Nations, our goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.

We are about half way to raising the money needed to purchase the tenure, and while the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on some of our fundraising activities and our planned trips on Achiever into the Kitlope, we continue to receive support. Although we cannot currently take people into the magnificent wild beauty of the Kitlope, we want to give you the opportunity to experience and learn more about the Kitlope.

On June 17 from 7-8pm Pacific, join Raincoast’s Brian Falconer and Alex Harris to find out how the Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign is progressing, and hear stories from Brian, who has long been involved in protecting the Kitlope.

Brian has a close personal connection to the Kitlope. One of the most inspiring and satisfying experiences of his life was to join with the Haisla and Henaksiala in the 1990’s in their fight to protect this stunning area from being devastated by logging. Pursuing the end to trophy hunting there is a pledge he made then to his brother, Wa’xaid, a Henaxiala hereditary chief.

Alex Harris has visited the Kitlope and has worked on the campaign to safeguard coastal carnivores in the Kitlope, producing stunning images and video of the region. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th at 7pm!

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.