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Saving the Great Bears. Help us end the trophy hunt of grizzlies and other large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest – forever

Every year in BC, a staggering number of bears, wolves, and other large carnivores are killed by hunters as trophies for their walls and floors. For 20 years, we have worked to end this senseless slaughter.  In 2005, we began purchasing commercial trophy hunting territories and, by 2016, have ended commercial trophy hunting in approximately 30,000 km2  in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Time to finish the job

Our goal is to acquire all remaining tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest working in partnership with First Nations. Your conservation investment will help us stop the killing.

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A strategy that works

In 2001, Raincoast achieved a three-year moratorium on the provincial grizzly hunt only to have it overturned by the Liberal government after one spring season. Clearly, we needed a different strategy.

Buying hunting territories, a permanent fix

As the only permanent solution to stopping the commercial trophy hunt appeared to be literally buying out hunting licenses, we began purchasing hunting rights in 2005.  With our partners and your help, this initiative has saved dozens of grizzlies, black bears and wolves who would have been killed in the commercial trophy hunt.

Proven success

We have now acquired the commercial trophy hunting rights in approximately 30,000 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. Our ultimate goal is to control all commercial trophy hunting territories on the BC coast. We now stand poised to complete the job.

Watch The Price of the Prize, the CBC documentary that describes our work to end the grizzly hunt.

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Guide Outfitter Territory Map

Raincoast and our First Nation partners currently control three commercial hunting territories (roughly 30,000 sq km in green, AKA Guide Outfitter tenures) in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest.  Our goal is to purchase all remaining territories and, with our First Nation partners, end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and large carnivores throughout this coastal region.