Shooting a bear is remarkably easy. You need someone to help you find them, the equipment and knowledge of that equipment to be able to line up the shot, a bit of patience, and then you either push a button – or pull a trigger.
Hunting grizzly bears remains a controversial subject after the end of trophy hunting of grizzly bears was announced in British Columbia last week, to resounding cheers and applause of wildlife lovers around the world. Of course, the fine print indicates that outside of the Great Bear Rainforest, grizzly hunting will be business as usual – hunters just can’t keep the head, paw, or pelt of the bears, and need to take the meat with them.
Even with these changes, grizzly bear killing and hunting can quickly come into conflict with a growing, and significantly more economically beneficial industry: grizzly bear viewing. Trish Boyum and her husband Eric own Ocean Adventures, a successful ecotourism business on the coast, and are also advocates for the protection of grizzlies and other wildlife. Trish joined the Defender Radio Podcast to share her reaction to the announcement on trophy hunting, how her husband confronted armed hunters trying to poach a grizzly bear in a provincial park, and why only one type of shooting has a future for grizzlies in British Columbia.
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