By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
Grizzly bear trophy hunting in British Columbia will close Nov. 30, 2017. British Columbia's Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced the closure in a press release issued late afternoon on Aug. 14, 2017. Hunting Report
Email Extra subscribers received an email bulletin
about the development the following day advising them to contact their hunting operators immediately.
According to the press release, the closure is a campaign promise by the New Democratic Party (NDP), which was brought back into power in the May 11, 2017, election. "By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we're delivering on our commitment to British Columbians," Donaldson said in the press release. "This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our province."
This isn't the first time that grizzly bear hunting has been shut down by the NDP. Hunting was closed in 2001, again after an election in which NDP came to power. The British Columbia Liberal Party (BC Liberals) later reversed the closure and devoted funding and human resources to increase scientific management, spending millions of dollars on DNA research, improving management models, and hiring large carnivore specialists to work exclusively on bears. Under the BC Liberals the conservation department put its research and procedures up to peer scrutiny in the scientific community to show their management policies were robust and sound....