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When science-based wildlife management isn’t… and a solution to fix it

A new study challenges a widespread assumption that wildlife management in North America is science-based. Scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison examined management documents relating to most hunted species across Canada and the USA. They found the key hallmarks of science often missing. […]

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Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales with emergency order

VANCOUVER — A coalition of conservation groups from Canada and the U.S. is calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Ecojustice sent a petition to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Tuesday, requesting the Ministers recommend […]

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Scientists expose ‘political populations’ of large carnivores

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada: “We have a record number of grizzly bears in the province, a huge and growing population …”, Christy Clark, then Premier of British Columbia, asserted in 2015, defending her government’s management of a controversial trophy hunt. This authoritative and optimistic statement, which lacked supporting evidence, inspired an international group of conservation […]

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Intergenerational equity can help to prevent climate change and extinction

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada: The global crises of climate change and extinction imperil all life on Earth, including present and future human generations – i.e., our children and grandchildren. A new scientific publication suggests that powerful means to address these looming threats already exist but are largely overlooked. This commentary by a prominent international team […]

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Raincoast hails NDP decision to stop grizzly hunting in British Columbia

Sidney, BC: Raincoast Conservation Foundation is hailing today’s announcement by the NDP government ending grizzly hunting in not only the Great Bear Rainforest, but the entire province, as an enormous conservation victory for wildlife in British Columbia. Raincoast Conservation Foundation has been working with coastal First Nations for the protection of habitat and life requisites […]

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Chocolate and bath bombs get conservation campaign off to a sweet start

SIDNEY, BC – Raincoast Conservation Foundation Having launched a campaign to raise $500,000 in late November to end commercial trophy hunting in an area of more than 2,300 square kilometres of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest (GBR), the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Coastal First Nations have now received significant support from local companies. Combined with […]

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Early Christmas for Great Bear Rainforest wildlife

SIDNEY, BC – Raincoast Conservation Foundation, with the support of Coastal First Nations, has struck a deal to buy a fourth trophy hunting licence in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The exclusive commercial licence covers an area of more than 2,300 square kilometres of rich habitat for large carnivores, including grizzlies, black bears, Spirit bears, wolves, cougars and wolverine. The campaign to raise the required $500,000, which includes the purchase price, starts today…

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Raincoast welcomes federal government move to increase distance between vessels and Southern Resident killer whales

Sidney, BC – Raincoast Conservation Foundation welcomes and strongly supports the announcement by federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc to create a 200-metre protection zone from boats for endangered Southern Resident killer whales. “Minister LeBlanc’s decision to establish a 200-metre buffer between the Southern Residents and boats is vitally important as noise is one of the […]

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