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British Columbia Guide Outfitter Charged “Hunting Guide Charged” Penticton, Castanet News

https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/202798/Hunting-guide-charged                                           Colin Dacre – Jul 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

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A South Okanagan guide outfitter is facing several poaching charges as a result of a “lengthy investigation” by the Conservation Officer Service of B.C.
James Wiens, the owner/operator of Vaseux Creek Outfitters, specializes guiding hunters to big game including wolves, black bear, cougar, deer, elk and more.
Seven charges under the Wildlife Act were sworn against him on Tuesday, in addition to a Criminal Code violation in May. The Conservation Officer Service is alleging Wiens used poison to hunt wolf between Oct. 1, 2015 and May 15, 2016.
It’s also alleged he hunted black bear using bait, placed an attractant with the intent of attracting dangerous wildlife (bear), and discharged a firearm from a motor vehicle in May 2016. On the same dates, he is also accused of failing to accompany a hunter as a guide outfitter for big game.
Insp. Tobe Sprado of the Conservation Officer Service said non-resident big-game hunters are required to be guided by a licensed guide outfitter in B.C. Upwards of 5,000 non-residents travel to the province each year to hunt big game, he said. The same month, the COS claims Wiens acted as a guide in a park or conservancy without a permit and operated a motor vehicle in park or conservancy not permitted by sign.
Finally, connected to the same incident, Wiens is facing one Criminal Code charge of “willfully kill, maim, wound or injure” a horse on May 9, 2016. Sprado was not able to elaborate beyond the basics of the charges, stating the details of the offences would have to come out at trial.
“It’s been a lengthy investigation conducted by the Conservation Officer Service that we finally got charge approval on,” Sprado said. Wiens appeared in Penticton court Wednesday on the Criminal Code violation to consult counsel. He makes a first appearance on the new Wildlife Act charges on Aug. 16. He did not respond to request for comment.

 

 

CBC: Future of B.C.’s grizzly trophy hunt uncertain as fall hunt approaches

grizzly-bear-near-bella-coolaA grizzly bear is seen fishing for salmon along the Atnarko river in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Bella Coola, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4220550
NDP promised to end the controversial hunt, but few details on how and when the ban would be implemented  Roshini Nair – CBC News July 25, 2017

The NDP promised to end B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt, but with the September hunt rapidly approaching there are few details to explain how or when that would happen.

B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt allows both resident and non-resident hunters to purchase a licence to hunt a grizzly bear for sport according to a predetermined quota.

License cost varies according to whether the hunter is a B.C. resident ($80) or not ($1000). Non-residents are also required to employ a registered guide outfitter. The trophy hunt takes place in the spring and fall.

Last November, Premier John Horgan made a campaign promise he would end the controversial hunt, promising full protection for the “majestic animals.  “But with the hunt scheduled in September, the deadline to pass a ban is imminent.

Political flashpoint

The former Liberal government maintained the hunt has a positive economic impact — supporting local outfitters and tourist operations — and that the grizzly population is healthy enough to absorb the hunt.

Mark Werner, the vice-president of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., said the hunt is an important part of the province’s heritage. “This country and this province [were] built on trapping, hunting and fishing,” he said. “We have a lot of heritage here. We have a lot of culture here.”

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Green MLA Backs Grizzly Trophy Hunt Ban & Says Party Policy Inadequate by Larry Pynn

Clayton Stoner

In 2013, National Hockey League defenseman Clayton Stoner ignored the wishes of local aboriginals and shot an adult male grizzly in the Kwatna River estuary. In 2016, Stoner was fined $10,000 under the Wildlife Act for hunting without a proper license and banned from hunting for three years. PROVINCE

A newly elected Green party MLA Adam Olsen said Friday he supports a ban on the grizzly trophy hunt and believes his party’s policy position doesn’t go far enough to end the widely unpopular activity.

“Trophy hunting of grizzlies is something that needs to be banned,” said Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation on southern Vancouver Island and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.“It’s important we deal with grizzly trophy hunting. We know that the vast majority of British Columbians are very uncomfortable with the trophy hunt. Whether you live in the cities or rural B.C., it’s been a concern.

“It’s an important issue, and speaks to our relationship with the environment around us.”

The NDP says it plans to ban the grizzly trophy hunt. One option the party has proposed is to make it a condition provincewide that grizzly hunters turn in the head and pelt of a grizzly — a way to end trophy kills, while leaving it open for someone to hunt one for the meat.

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