Since we launched our campaign to purchase Raincoast’s sixth commercial trophy hunting tenure, we have raised nearly $290,000! This fundraising success means we were able to secure our deposit on the Southern Great Bear tenure with an additional $140,000 that will go toward the remaining purchase. Thanks to your generous support, we now stand poised to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest.
As you heard from Brian Falconer, the Southern Great Bear tenure covers some of the finest habitat in the world for large carnivores, including one of the most elusive creatures that call the Great Bear Rainforest home – coastal wolves. Our partnerships with First Nations have granted us valuable insight into the unique lives of these wolves. Genetically distinct from inland grey wolves, or from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves are fast, powerful swimmers who often paddle miles between islands in search of food. Along the vast coastlines of the rainforest, they efficiently forage in salmon streams, scavenge for shellfish and herring eggs, and feast on seals and washed up whale carcasses.
Threats to wolves
Grey wolves are BC’s most ecologically important terrestrial predator, affecting the diversity, abundance, and distribution of plant and animal species, as well as ecological interactions across multiple trophic levels. Despite the profound role they play in functioning ecosystems, coastal wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest, much like their inland cousins, remain subject to human persecution by way of trophy hunting. The BC government estimates that some 1,200 wolves are killed annually because of recreational hunting and trapping, all sanctioned and encouraged by the province.
Securing the rights to the remaining commercial tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest is a significant step towards our goal of stopping commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, and protecting wolves and other large carnivores that would be, otherwise, subject to trophy hunting. We are committed to completing the job, but we can’t do it without your support…are you in?
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