Auditor General to investigate grizzly bear hunt data

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 byLarry 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 isstaunchly 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.

TAKE ACTION

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!

WRITING TIPS

Stay on point:this issue is about the ongoing trophy hunt of grizzly bears in BC– not anything else. Keep your comments directed to the facts and provide citations if necessary.

Stay polite and use spell check:if you’re rude, aggressive, misspell words, or use incorrect grammar, readers may become disengaged or dismissive of your points.

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Identify yourself:it’s important to include your address when writing politicians so they know who you are, where you’re from, and that your vote will affect them in the next election.

Let us know what you hear:if you receive a message back from your representative, or they would like to discuss the issues in greater detail with us, please let us know by emailing info@thefurbearers.com.


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