Monthly Archives: February 2014

Conservationists worried about impending bear hunt by Mark Hume-Globe and Mail

NOTE from BM: Bears Matter Petition Letter to Premier Clark to Ban the Trophy Killing of Grizzly Bears in BC: 

“There’s a real variety of bears that we see there. There are bears that are very wild and others that have been [getting used to humans] for years and years,” he said. “We’ve got a bear we call Mom and … she’s had two sets of triplets over the course of my time doing photo tours there. Literally, a hunter could walk up to within 20 feet and shoot her. She has absolutely no concern for human beings at all. Very much like Big Momma. There’s a whole host of bears that we’ve named. It almost makes me sick to my stomach to think someone could go in there and shoot them.”

Mr. Marriott said the Cariboo wildlife units should remain closed because the bears are so vulnerable, and because they support a growing wildlife-viewing business that makes them more valuable alive than dead.

“This is one of the most spectacular bear-viewing places in the world. It’s on par with the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary,” he said, referring to a provincial park on B.C.’s North Coast. “This whole area where they are trying to expand this hunt is … national-park-like stuff. It’s stunningly beautiful.”

In December, the government decided to open the four wildlife management units – two in the Cariboo and two in the Kootenays – to limited spring hunting, starting in April. Garth Mowat, head of the government’s natural resource science and stewardship section in the Kootenay region, said the province routinely closes management units when game populations are threatened.

Shame on the trophy hunters: a grizzly bear is worth more alive than dead

NOTE from BM: Bears Matter Petition Letter to Premier Clark to Ban the Trophy Killing of Grizzly Bears in BC: 
Cheeky the bear
Cheeky the bear, Courtesy of
by Jacqeline Windh for  Feb 21, 2014  (see comments in article online)
Shooting the threatened species for sport is not only cruel – it’s scientifically, economically and environmentally damaging

If we follow you logic that bears kill and eat people them we should consider the following:
You are 12 times more likely to die of a bee sting than a bear attack (120 times more likely compared to a black bear)

You are 10 times more likely to die from a dog attack than a bear attack (45 times more likely compared to a black bear attack)

1 person out of 16,000 commits murder but only 1 grizzly bear out of 50,000 ever kills someone and only 1 black bear out of one million does.
So people are much more dangerous than bears! Fear people and respect bears.
There are about 750,000 black bears in North America and on average there is less than one black bear killing per year.

For each person killed by a black bear attack there are 13 people killed by snakes, 17 by spiders, 45 by dogs, 120 by bees, 150 by tornadoes, 374 by lightning, and 60,000 by humans.

The SayZu Communications Experiment Brought a unique reach of 412,197 twitter feeds to SAVEBCBEARS Rally!



The power of social media is just beginning to show up in grasssroots rallies like those held yesterday by the organizers of the ‘Save BC Bears’ Rally in Victoria.  The rally organizers and participants may have packed off home to get dry and warm but the story doesn’t end with the over 200 people who attended and signed on to a hard copy letter to Premier Clark. It is just the beginning. The ripple effect continues to be felt online and Canadians are still tweeting and texting to the SayZu Cloud until midnight tonight.  The media, government offices of the Premier, and social media is still feeling the afterglow of yesterday’s rally with real time messages being sent from across BC and Canada. Take a look at some of the images from SayZu ‘snap shots’ sent to me by an expert in this new technology.  It is both a fascinating and powerful tool to discover and experiment with as we go forward as ‘grassroot’ conservationists.

  See you at the next Rally to help the Bears or on the next Cloud or both!



CBC Article, Bear Trophy Hunt Opposed at B.C. Legislature Rally – included is Video Clip of Vicky Husband on this issue.

Bears Matter Note-205 letters were signed at Rally -well over 200 attended Rally in the wind and rain…well done!

Dozens gathered at the B.C. legislature Saturday afternoon for a ‘Save B.C. Bears’ rally following a Facebook campaign that organizers say has garnered more than 100 thousand views.

Event organizer Chelsea Turner says she wants to focus attention on the trophy hunt.'”Do we want our province to be branded as a place to shoot iconic species?– event organizer Chelsea Turner

“This is an issue that really engages people,” Turner said.  “It’s something people want to talk about.” 

Turner, who has been advocating for and filming bears since the age of 14, says the vast majority of British Columbians are opposed to hunting them for trophies.

“When the government doesn’t reflect that, it’s a travesty,” she said. “Do we want our province to be branded as the best place on earth’ or as a place to shoot iconic species?”

Save the bearsResearchers say grizzly bears are over hunted in B.C. Kill rates are too high and populations estimates too low.

Turner says the vast majority of tourists come here to see live bears, not hunt them. 

Order of B.C. recipient and long time environmentalist Vicky Husband says the moratorium on grizzly bear hunting that was removed by the Liberal government should be re-instated. 

“The government should be listening to the public.  We do not want to see these bears killed, said Husband.  This is not sport and this is not for food.  The buck stops with Christy Clark and if she’s not listening to the 90 percent of British Columbians who want it banned, who is she listening to?”

B.C. Fish and Wildlife Director Andrew Wilson, said recently in response to these concerns, he’s confident in how grizzly bears are managed and the government’s own analysis, based on the best available science,  supports how government is managing the grizzly bear hunt..




On Feb 15th A Communications Experiment: Tell the Premier Why You Oppose Killing Bears for Trophies

sayZU Samplephoto

Dear Friends,

 It’s not just you.  And, it’s not just conservation groups, not just scientists, and not just First Nations.  

Last summer, public reaction to NHL hockey player Clayton Stoner’s grizzly-head “selfie” made it abundantly clear that British Columbians, including most hunters, are offended by the killing of bears for trophies. Perhaps Clayton’s gruesome conduct reminded us of some terrible criminal act; or maybe we just don’t like people killing animals they aren’t going to eat. But apparently, the BC public don’t think it’s very cool to kill and decapitate a bear just for trophy.  

In fact, according to pollsters, nearly 90 percent of the BC public consider the killing of bears for trophies to be unethical and wrong, and they want it to stop.  Even BC’s leading newspapers are calling on the BC government to end to BC’s trophy hunt for grizzly and black bears.

 And yet, last month the BC government announced that it had decided to expand the trophy hunt for BC bears, starting 10 weeks from now, on April 1st, 2014.  

Evidently, Premier Christy Clark and her advisors are not getting the message.  

 We would therefore like to try something new, a bit of an EXPERIMENT. 


On Saturday, February 15th after 2pm until Sunday at Midnight, we invite Canadians to use mobile device to complete one or all three of the tasks below:

 1.  TEXT 39-39-39 with the keyword MYVOTE + your message to the Premier saying why BC needs to stop killing bears for trophies (no extra costs, repeat as often as you like)

2. TWEET your above message to the Premier @CHRISTYCLARKBC using the hashtag #NOTROPHYHUNT (repeat at will)

3.  Visit and share the real-time animated word cloud of TEXT and TWITTER messages: 


 (PS.  If you are somewhat tech savvy, we can share a javascript embed code that you can copy and paste into your blog or website.)




Silver Twins w Mother

   Christy Clark

Bears Matter Letter to Readers & Photo Op with West Vancouver MLA Ralph Sultan wearing a ‘STOP THE HUNT’ wristband with me

Barb of Bears Matter speaking to West Vancouver MLA Ralph Sultan about the Trophy Killing of Grizzlies. Mr. Sultan wearing a 'stop the hunt' wristband given to him by Barb

Barb of Bears Matter speaking to West Vancouver MLA Ralph Sultan about the Trophy Killing of Grizzlies. Mr. Sultan wearing a ‘stop the hunt’ wristband given to him by Barb

February 14, 2014,

Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is a day I have been waiting to come for a long, long time, 12 years to be exact!  A Rally to protest the Trophy Killing of BC’s beautiful iconic bears for their heads, paws and perhaps hides will happen on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria at 2pm. The rally promises to be the largest one of it’s kind in BC and will represent the ‘silent’ marjority! It has been organized by Chelsea Turner, a 22 year old, committed and passionate woman. She grew up among bears in BC’s wilderness. Her parents are BC filmmakers who, over many years, have documented Canada’s wilderness and wildlife in a spectacular fashion. 

Thank you Chelsea! And I thank your parents for instilling in you a love for nature and a passion to protect it!

The SaveBCBears rally comes before the start of the Spring season of the Trophy Bear ‘Harvest’ on April 1st and in it’s newly expanded version.  Mother bears with tiny 2 to 5 month old cubs will be lost to their forest home forever due to mistaken identity. Mothers are regularly killed as males because they hide their cubs when there is the slightest hint of a threat in the area. The cubs are instructed to hide as she tries to avert unwanted attention to them. When the mother is killed or badly injured and can not return to her cubs they will wait until hunger or fear or both takes hold and then they will cry loudly, sounding much like a newborn human baby, with no one to comfort or feed them. Every Spring I always pray that orphan cubs will die quickly, even if it is at the hands of a human or another animal. This tragic untold story of lost cubs during the Spring ‘hunting’ season continues on unabated in BC and wherever there are spring hunts, this too one day must end!  

Of course also the biggest and best bears and even young, juvenile bears will be taken, or atleast their heads and maybe paws and hides? Photo ops will happen or course but most times the meat and carcass of the animal will lie and rot where the bear took it’s last breath.

On Saturday the people of this province who love our wilderness and love that we still have bears in the woods are uniting and taking a stand to ‘say’ NO MORE senseless trophy killing of these amazing sentient beings.  We know real hunters don’t kill just for a photo op or a trophy they eat what they kill. That is the kind of hunting most people are able to understand or atleat tolerate but not this other past-time, this make-believe so called ‘hunting’…this is of someone’s creation for profit or fun or both? Not sure how it began not so many decades ago now but it must stop?  This killing ‘harvest’ is beyond justification, beyond a civil society’s moral code.  Our BC government has to stop pandering to a very small, segment of the hunting community.   To add insult to injury this Spring, as the government re-opens four regions in the interior to grizzly harvesting, they are also considering extending some of the black bear hunts by 2 weeks, to June 30. This insanity must stop and tomorrow is as good a place to start as anywhere! Thank you Chelsea and all the many, many helpers behind the scenes and the very special guest speakers that speak for us all! 


Barbara Murray                                                                                                                      Nanoose Bay                                                                                                                                                    Hometown: Prince George