New report on need to reform Conservation Officer Service

For Immediate Release.

Sidney, BC: A new report, commissioned by Raincoast Conservation Foundation and produced by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre, proposes law and policy reforms that would enhance wildlife management by increasing the accountability of the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) as a whole and reducing the unnecessary killing of wildlife by conservation officers.

Drawing from aspects of wildlife management regimes in other jurisdictions, the report, titled “Reform Proposals for Managing Human-Wildlife Conflict in British Columbia,” proposes several reform options.

“Multiple controversial events that have garnered significant media attention and drawn public ire over the last few years suggest officers may be killing more wild animals than necessary and subsequently undermining confidence in the BCCOS,” said Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Please go to this link on the Raincoast website to view the report.



A black bear looks up as it climbs down to the water on the rocks.
Photo by April Bencze / Raincoast Conservation Foundation.