British Columbia to Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting

British Columbia to Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting

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Starting on November 30th, grizzly bear trophy hunting will be banned in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

“This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our province,” said the Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we’re delivering on our commitment to British Columbians.”

“In particular, we owe it to generations past and future to do all we can to protect the beauty and uniqueness of the Great Bear Rainforest. We believe the action we’re taking goes beyond the commitment to Coastal First Nations made as part of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest agreements.”

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According to a statement released by the Government of British Columbia, there are currently 15,000 grizzly bears in the province, mostly in the 24,000 sq. mile (6.4m hectare) temperate rain forest along the Pacific coast.

In addition to outlawing trophy hunting, government officials hope to provide further funding for environmental and wildlife conservation.

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