Safeguarding coastal carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure

Acquiring the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure will bring us one step closer to our goal of ending all commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Our longest running campaign at Raincoast has been our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign. We extinguish guided hunting when we purchase these tenures. We began purchasing commercial trophy hunting tenures with our First Nations partners in 2005. We now own the commercial trophy hunting rights in 5 tenures (approximately 39,000 km2) of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest; we extinguish guided hunting when we purchase these tenures.

We are now raising funds to purchase the biggest tenure (18,239 km2) remaining on the central/south coast, the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. Purchasing this tenure will ensure protection for all species in this region that could otherwise be hunted for trophies.

This campaign model supports a new economy. It provides rare, sustainable economic opportunities in remote coastal communities. First Nations communities have made substantial investments in bear-viewing based tourism. When buying a tenure, we consider not just current ownership and levels of hunting, but also the potential for much more aggressive owner groups, and increased levels of exploitation. 

Acquiring the Southern Great Bear Rain-forest tenure will bring us one step closer to our goal of ending all commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Research scientist, Adam Warner conducting genetics research in our genetics lab.
Photo by Alex Harris / Raincoast Conservation Foundation.