THE LONG-TERM SURVIVAL OF GRIZZLY BEARS IN THIS PROVINCE IS AT RISK IF WE DON'T ACT NOW.
The grizzly bear is the second slowest reproducing land mammal in North America, one that is threatened throughout much of its range. Grizzly bears now only occupy 2% of its former range in the lower 48 states today. Grizzly bears are already under threat from B.C.'s wildfires, the decline of many wild salmon stocks, continued hunting, conflicts with humans, and other impacts related to climate change and habitat destruction. Furthermore, bears do not heed political boundaries and currently face an uncertain future under the Trump administration, which has announced plans to hand-over wildlife management to states that may promote hunting, even while the bears are near their dens or their cubs.
The more you learn about bear populations in B.C., the more appalling the idea of any form of grizzly hunting becomes - whether it is for their head, paws and hide, or for their meat. Bears are vulnerable to population decline and B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from an estimated 35,000 bears in the early 1900s to as low as six thousand today. Now’s the time to let the Canadian authorities know that all killing must end before B.C.’s bears are pushed to the brink of extinction.