The Auditor General of BC has announced an investigation to “determine if the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are effectively managing the grizzly bear population in BC.”
The audit is a result of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Victoria Environmental Law Centre providing the Auditor General with a scientific study highlighting that the current model of management is failing to protect grizzlies, as noted in an article penned by Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun.
“[The study] suggested that the provincial government is failing to keep kills below its own upper targets for bears killed by humans, and that government limits on bear mortality are regularly being exceeded in management areas throughout B.C. due to the trophy hunt,” Pynn wrote. The journalist also noted that the hunt is “an activity that is staunchly defended by Premier Christy Clark despite repeated polls showing widespread public opposition.”
The Fur-Bearers are cautiously optimistic that the Auditor General will find that the government has not acted in the best interest of the species – and that a change in management strategies will be required as a result.
We can’t influence the Auditor General’s investigation or findings, but we can keep pushing our MLAs (if you live in BC) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources, to end the trophy hunt of grizzly bears. Write a letter to your MLA (click here to find them) and copy it to the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Steve Thomson (FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca) to tell them you want to see the trophy hunting of grizzly bears ended!
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