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Help us safeguard coastal carnivores in the Kitlope tenure, in the Great Bear Rainforest

Working with our First Nations partners, our goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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The Kitlope Tenure

Sitting on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, the Kitlope Nuyem Jees Conservancy is the largest expanse of intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. The Kitlope commercial hunting tenure is 5300 km2 and encompasses the entire Kitlope Conservancy and surrounding area.

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Permanent end to commercial trophy hunting

Purchasing the remaining commercial tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest, coupled with the province’s ban on the grizzly hunt, is a significant step towards our goal of ending commercial trophy hunting of all coastal carnivores, including wolves. 

Buying hunting territories, a permanent fix

As the only permanent solution to stopping the commercial trophy hunt appeared to be buying out hunting licenses, we began purchasing hunting rights in 2005. With your help we have given protection to carnivores from trophy hunting in three jurisdictions in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Map of the Kitlope commercial hunting tenure in the Great Bear Rainforest, BC.

A strategy with a proven track record

We have now acquired the commercial trophy hunting rights in approximately 33,500 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. We extinguish guided hunting when we purchase the tenures. Our ultimate goal is to secure the rights to all commercial trophy hunting tenures on the BC coast. We now stand poised to complete the job.

Working with First Nations

Your support will help Raincoast and our First Nations partners end commercial trophy hunting in their territories.

Purchasing these tenures is one small part of the process of respecting the autonomy of First Nations communities in the Great Bear Rainforest.


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Dispatches

Some good news for 2020? How about ending commercial trophy hunting in the 5,300 km2 Kitlope hunting tenure

I wish you could feel the breeze blowing off the glaciers that surround the Kitlope conservancy. I wish you could see its trees, some over ...
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A bear stands on their hind legs with some grass hanging out of their mouth, and a landscape photo of the Kitlope floats in the corner.

Thank you for joining our Kitlope webinar

Thank you for joining our Kitlope webinar last week. We were thrilled to have you join us and enjoyed taking you on a virtual trip ...
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A bear stands in the long grass on the shores of the Kitlope.

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

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 ...
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Chris Genovali looks out over the water and land with binoculors.

Tracking Raincoast, past, present, and future

As this decade closes, it’s timely to celebrate what we have collectively achieved for BC’s coast. Raincoast’s past in the Kitlope takes us back three ...
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A wolf trots across the eel grass in the estuary.

A gift to end commercial trophy hunting of coastal carnivores

#GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity that has a huge impact on smaller charitable organizations like Raincoast. Raincoast is funded by donations from people ...
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Bob McDonald sits on stage with Briony Penn, Brian Falconer, and

Stories from the Magic Canoe – An Update on the Kitlope Tenure

Last Thursday, Raincoast hosted a sold out event in Victoria about the legacy of the Kitlope and Xenaxiala elder, Cecil Paul. Cecil was the last ...
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Stories From the Magic Canoe of Wa'xaid, by Cecil Paul.

Stories from the Magic Canoe, Victoria on November 21st

This November we are inviting you to an evening conversation with author Briony Penn, Raincoast’s Brian Falconer, and photographer Alex Harris, hosted by CBC’s Bob ...
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Rain wolf, by Christina Mittermeier, on a white wall with a lovely yellow chair.

Beautiful photographic prints from our favorite photographers for sale

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we are selling prints for $98. We are very grateful for photographers who are able to capture ...
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Grass in the foreground gives way to epic mountains of the Kitlope valley.

Kitlope River estuary visit

This spot on a map of BC means little until you follow the 70-mile Gardner Canal that branches off Devastation Channel and winds its way ...
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