In 2012, an Indigenous-led campaign led to a ban on trophy hunting for bears on the central and north coasts of BC. Five years later, the provincial government banned grizzly bear hunting, but trophy hunting for other species, including wolves, cougars, and wolverine is still allowed. Furthermore, the ban remains vulnerable to changes in government policy.
In 2005, Raincoast began purchasing the commercial rights to hunt wolves and other carnivores in an effort to put an end to trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest. Over the past two decades, supporters have helped us buy out the commercial hunting rights in five tenures, more than 38,000 km2 of the BC coast – an area larger than the entire country of Belgium. Purchasing these tenures is one small part in the process of supporting First Nations stewardship in the Great Bear Rainforest.
In this hour-long webinar, we will learn from Wuikinuxv scientist, Jennifer Walkus, about her key work in ending the grizzly trophy hunt in 2017, as well as the Wuikinuxv Nation’s approach to coexistence and food security within their territory. We will also explore our 25-year history of purchasing commercial trophy hunting tenures and how acquiring hunting territories not only provides a permanent solution for large carnivore protection, but also exemplifies a new ‘conservation economy’ that relies on respectful wildlife viewing. Raincoast’s Brian Falconer will also share his observations regarding the changes he sees in wildlife behaviour after these purchases and the profound role large carnivores, such as wolves, play in the functioning of these vitally important ecosystems.
Join us Monday, December 11, 2023 at 10am Pacific Time by registering below.
This comes at a perfect time as we are nearing the end of our fundraising campaign to purchase the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure, one of our largest tenures to date.
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