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The combined pressure of hunting, habitat fragmentation, urbanization and other human-caused disturbance has already removed grizzly bears from considerable portions of their traditional habitat in British Columbia.
A BAN NEEDS TO BE A BAN
Although the government of B.C. recently banned trophy hunting and all hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, grizzly bears can still be hunted in the rest of the province, as long as the hunter removes portions of the meat - a loophole that will be very difficult to enforce and may lead to increased poaching. We need to take a stand to fully protect grizzly bears throughout B.C., now.
Grizzly bears are an integral part of THEIR ecosystems
Grizzly bears help to distribute the ocean-derived nutrients in salmon carcasses through riparian forests, producing bigger, healthier trees. They also help to keep prey-population levels in check and disperse seeds of many plants and berries. The health of an ecosystem can be measured by the health of the grizzly population it contains. However at current rates of habitat loss and fragmentation, half of British Columbia stands to lose most of their grizzlies over the next 40 years.
Bears are vulnerable
A combination of natural characteristics and outside threats put bears at a high risk of population decline. A typical female may give birth to a maximum of ten cubs over her lifetime, half of which usually die within a year. Surviving cubs usually remain with the mother for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years, during which time the mother will not mate. Grizzlies have large territories, as much as 4,000 square kilometres for adult males, making them sensitive to logging, roads and railroads, land development and other habitat impacts. Nine of the province's 57 grizzly population units are listed as threatened. To make matters worse, bears must deal with the pressures of declining salmon stocks on B.C.’s coast, loss of habitat, conflicts with humans, and the danger of road and railway accidents. Bears’ vulnerability has already led to their being extirpated from 18% of their historic range in B.C., and local populations are threatened in certain parts of the province.