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Letter to Govt w Photo of Large Grizzly Bear Trophy Killed Oct’17

Members of the public may send comments to the Fish and Wildlife Branch at grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca until November 2, 2017 –
The letter below is a sample of letters that have been emailed to Fish and Wildlife Branch….

Possibly the 2nd Largest grizzly bear hunted in Northern B.C. in Oct'16- killed by a trophy hunter from the U.S. on a guided hunt

Possibly the 2nd Largest grizzly bear ever hunted B.C. in Oct’17- killed by a trophy hunter from the U.S. on a guided hunt. A meat hunt will only make hunters go underground or take more selfies and give away the so called meat -note by Bears Matter

Quote taken from hunter’s Facebook page before it was closed to the public on Oct 23’17             “Big Teddy is hanging out at my buddy’s place in Vancouver BC while I wait for all the permits to cross the border.” – US Trophy Hunter

Oct 23, 2017

Dear Fish and Wildlife Branch at grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca

Re: Possible loopholes in the plan to regulate the grizzly hunt in our province

I just read a post about a grizzly bear that was killed recently. It was a record-sized grizzly bear which apparently is the second largest grizzly ever shot in BC.

I believe that an unconditional ban must be put on this deplorable hunt. It is not acceptable, on any level, to snuff out the life of a living, breathing creature, for fun and for profit.

All loopholes that may allow trophy (and they are all trophy!) hunts must be closed. I hope and pray that I never again have to view a picture like the one I saw this morning – a hunter smiling over his kill of the “second largest grizzly ever shot in BC”. This was a beautiful creature that did not deserve to die. The “hunter” was just one of many heartless, thrill seeking individuals –maniacal psychopaths really; who kills for fun other than psychopaths? – who use our beautiful wilderness for their fun-seeking, destructive and selfish pleasure. We must not allow it. British Columbia is better than this – our government must protect all life in this province.

I voted for this government on their promise to “end the grizzly hunt” – to end it! I even told our MP, Ralph Sultan, that I was voting NDP because the Liberals would not end the hunt. However, from what I have read, I fear that the hunt “will not end unless the NDP Government closes loopholes in their plan to regulate the grizzly hunt in our province.”

Please ensure that there are no “loopholes” – and that grizzly bear hunting will be banned completely – not just “regulated”. I trust that the government will fulfill its promise and that my vote was not wasted.

Thank you for requesting our input.

PS: with regard to “Bear Meat”– On The Mayo Clinic Website under
Diseases and Conditions -Trichinosis – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/trichinosis/basics/causes/CON-20027095
It states that “Wild animals, including bear, continue to be sources of infection.”
Never believe it when these creeps lie that “bear meat” is for consumption – it’s not!

Letter to BC Govt re: Grizzly Meat Hunt Regulations (Deadline Nov 2, 2017)

Ward Trotter
Executive Director, Natural Resources
Resource Stewardship Division, FLNR Ministry ( see emails and initial response below)

Oct 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Trotter,

I wish I could thank you for your response. However, I can’t. It’s difficult to thank for a generic email that was sent to everyone and doesn’t address any of the concerns I highlighted in my letter regarding the grizzly hunt. I truly hope that this public consultation will be different than the ones we had under the liberal government.

I reiterate my strong opposition to grizzly hunt and I am asking for a full and complete ban on hunting grizzly bears all over BC. We are being asked to comment on how to manage the ‘meat’ hunt, but the majority of British Columbians clearly stated that there should not be grizzly hunt of any kind. I respectfully want to remind you that this is the view of the same majority that voted for change. I would like to ask, thus, my government to address our wishes instead of ignoring them and asking us to comment on the ‘meat’ hunt.

I also wanted to stress that among those who oppose the grizzly hunt, there are also hunters who truly hunt for food. They view the grizzly hunt as “socially and environmentally unsustainable” – an unethical practice that has no place in modern society, and conservation”. They say that statement about eating grizzly meat from both Guide Operators and hunters “betrays an ignorance and selfishness that should never be supported by our government.” Indeed, we all know the BC grizzly hunt has never been about the “meat” hunt. It is and always has been about for a rug, a head on the wall, a photo over a dead grizzly bear, a trophy. Reviewing old hunting forums tells us a lot about hunters’ opinion about grizzly meat. For the majority, grizzly bear meat is inedible because contains parasitic diseases and needs to be handled and cooked in a particular, laborious way to make it safe. However, incredulously, over the past year or so, many grizzly bear hunters have suddenly developed the taste for grizzly meat… I do not think British Columbians can be fooled so easily. This whole idea of eating grizzly meat is really insulting the intelligence of many of your supporters.

Furthermore, as I also mentioned in my previous e-mail, the notion of sustainability of the grizzly hunt can be easily questioned… As a conservation scientist who has a training and years of experience with population models, I know how much uncertainty is involved in their predictions. And these predictions have become even more uncertain due to impacts of climate change on food supply and habitat. Even though hunters claim that they see more bears in some areas, this claim is misleading. Grizzlies respond to changes in food supply and to other human related stressors. And yes, they move across the landscape, which can give a false impression of their higher densities in some areas. This does not mean, however, that population is doing well. Far from it. In fact, we keep waking up every day to ‘surprise information’ about species going extinct. Just a recent WWF analysis looking at the long-term trends of more than 900 species of wildlife in Canada has found that half of them have seen their populations decline, including several species already listed as threatened or endangered. Is it really a surprise or are we just turning a blind eye to what’s happening to wildlife around us only to wake up one day to the stern reality that it is already too late? Please, do not let it happen to grizzlies.

Finally, I would appreciate my government to stop using the word ‘harvest’ in relation to wildlife. As a scientist, I have been trained in wildlife management and this is the vocabulary that I have been taught. Still, it does not mean that we should keep using it. Our social values change, and this change needs to be reflected in our vocabulary and in how we define our relationship with animals. We don’t view grizzlies or any other wildlife species as “resources” to be “harvested”, but, instead, living, breathing beings that has the right to live and be free from our dominance and persecution. Is this an emotional statement? Yes, it is. Still, it can no longer be brushed away because its relevance is supported by the latest science. These latest findings reveal the richness of animals’ inner lives and provide a vindication for our deep emotional appreciation of other beings. Ironically, the attempts by government’s and pro-hunting groups to paint the public’s emotional arguments in relation to animal welfare as unscientific are, on their own, blatantly unscientific — a denial of science at its most fundamental level.

I therefore plead with you to hear British Columbians when we say that we do not want to comment on the ‘meat’ hunt that they find unethical and unjustifiable. Instead we are asking our newly elected government to end all hunting of all grizzly bears across all of BC. Please, do not let grizzlies slip through the bureaucratic cracks into extinction. We can’t let it happen. Instead, let’s put our efforts into habitat restoration and education on co-existence with these majestic creatures that the whole envious world is coming to BC to see and admire.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gosia Bryja,  British Columbia, Canada

 

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From: “Executive Division Office, FLNR:EX” <FLNR.ExecutiveDivisionOffice@gov.bc.ca>
To:
Cc: “OfficeofthePremier, Office PREM:EX” <Premier@gov.bc.ca>; “Minister, FLNR FLNR:EX” <FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca>; “Minister, ENV ENV:EX” <ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca>; “Weaver.MLA, Andrew LASS:EX” <Andrew.Weaver.MLA@leg.bc.ca>; “Tegart.MLA, Jackie LASS:EX” <Jackie.Tegart.MLA@leg.bc.ca>; “Olsen…MLA, Adam LASS:EX” <Adam.Olsen.MLA@leg.bc.ca>                                                                              (also write to  Grizzly.Bear@gov.bc.ca )
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2017 2:30 PM
Subject: RE: Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt (ref: 230514/230704)

Thank you for writing concerning the grizzly bear trophy hunting. I apologize for the delayed response.

As a number of British Columbians have written with enquiries and comments on this topic, I am providing further information below. Your comments will be considered as part of all feedback received through the consultation process outlined below, which is open for public input until November 2, 2017.

Effective November 30, 2017, the ministry plans to end trophy hunting by making it illegal to possess the trophy parts of a grizzly bear harvested after November 30, 2017, along with all hunting of grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest, which acts on the new government’s platform commitment. Closing the grizzly bear hunt altogether in the Great Bear Rainforest also goes beyond the previous commitments made to Coastal First Nations. Hunting for meat will be allowed to continue outside the Great Bear Rainforest.

The prohibition on possession of grizzly bear trophy parts and the grizzly bear hunting closure in Great Bear Rainforest will not apply to First Nations who harvest grizzly bears within their traditional territories pursuant to Aboriginal rights for food, social or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights.

Government has invited public input on the trophy hunting ban and proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban. The correspondence we received from you has been provided as input to this consultation process.

Should you wish to provide additional comments, you have the opportunity to provide input until November 2, 2017, on two policy documents outlining the proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban. As part of the consultation, input is being sought on:

• Changes to manage the ban in hunting areas that overlap the Great Bear Rainforest;
• Changes that will prohibit the possession of “trophy” grizzly bear parts;
• Changes that will manage prohibited grizzly bear parts;
• Changes to prohibit the trafficking of grizzly bear parts; and
• New reporting requirements for taxidermists.
The two policy documents can be reviewed at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw
Members of the public may send comments to the Fish and Wildlife Branch at: grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca

If you choose to submit further input at that email, you will receive a confirmation of receipt back. Due to the expected volume of material, individual responses will not be possible.

We will also be developing, with public input, a renewed wildlife management strategy for BC. The key elements of that strategy will include dedicated funding for wildlife and habitat conservation and a collaborative process to develop short- and long-term plans for wildlife resources.

Thank you again for writing to express your concerns.
Sincerely,
Ward Trotter
Executive Director, Natural Resources
Resource Stewardship Division

 

Charlie Russell comments on BC Wildlife Federation’s Recent Statement on Grizzly Hunt Regulations

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Oct 20, 2017 Charlie Russell’s response to BCWF’s Oct. 17, 2017 Statement beginning with an Executive Summary (see below)

Download BCWF Full nine page document at: http://bcwf.net/images/stories/news_release/2017/BCWFGrizzlyBear.pdf

The main thrust of this statement from the BCWF about the grizzly hunt is about government listening to us bleeding hearts and consequently losing touch with science, which to them is the only sensible way to make decisions.

These proposed regulations have undermined science based wildlife management in favour of social and political decisions. What BCWF is out of touch with is that it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the science around hunting is used to justify how the lives of animals and birds can be used to maximize the benefits to man and sensitive people are getting sick of that. Families feeding themselves in situations that they would go hungry if they did not hunt or fish has become rather unimportant. There are all these other reasons, like feeling self sufficient and getting close to nature that are now excuses for hunting. But the biggest reason by far for fishing and hunting is that it has become a huge important industry supporting an economy that HAS TO GROW.

Anyone walking into a Cabela’s or a Bass Pro Shop gets a feeling how big this is and why it is behind the big push to get people buying licenses when the numbers fell off. Now they have the women and children hunting whether they need to or not, but they all do need expensive gadgets to hunt and fish with and they all need to travel. License revenue also supports the scientist and regulators. For the animals, birds and fish it is all about surviving something that they did not even evolve to survive. For the millions of years that it took them to evolve while surviving all that nature could throw at them there were no guns or fishing rods, only a very few bows and arrows and hooks on the end of some sinew during the last few thousands of years.

They could handle non- technological man hunting them. Guns have only been around for a few hundred years. Now the wildlife has to find ways to survive man’s “science based” “management” of them. Man has suddenly showed up with all the self-appointed power, so it is no longer just the predators and weather’s elements after them. Why can we not have some appreciation of this? The problem for BCWF is that it has become less and less difficult for the average person to see through all their maneuvering and propaganda in support their huge industry. All their energy is directed towards man’s welfare, not towards any of the other incredible birds and animals benefit.

Charlie Russell

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Executive Summary of BCWF Statement Paper Oct 17, 2017 to Proposed Govt Hunting Regulations for Grizzly Bears..

The BCWF is extremely disappointed by the Provincial Government’s deviation from science-based wildlife management. Managing one species in isolation of others undermines the fundamentals of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. These proposed changes delegitimize sustainable use including hunting, trapping and fishing.

What has been portrayed by anti-hunting organizations, and is now supported by government, is not reflective of the realities of resident hunting.

The proposed changes violate the cultural heritage of resident hunters, values which are shared globally with other hunter-gatherer societies. Intentionally throwing out useable parts of wildlife is considered wasteful.

The proposed changes will result in more habituated bears, as well as human-bear confrontations and attacks in both the front and backcountry. The taxpayer will be responsible to manage bears over the long-run which will reduce the social value of grizzly bears, and funding for grizzly bear conservation.

The BCWF expects government to manage wildlife based on science. Using outcome-based polls, paid for by anti-hunting organizations, has marginalized government’s ability to represent the public interest.

The public should be making evidence-based decisions, as should government, when it comes to conservation and wildlife related policies. These proposed regulations have undermined science based wildlife management in favour of social and political decisions.

Deadline for Input Nov 2, 2017 on Grizz Hunt in BC!

How do you prefer your grizzly?

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BC’s Grizzlies need you!
Are you outraged over BC’s Grizzly Meat loophole? Then make your voice heard. Please join this event and share it far and wide:
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The Grizzlies need you to send a message to the email addresses below TODAY and tell them what you think of the proposed Grizzly ‘Meat’ Hunt!
Send comments to:
grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca
Please Cc the following:
premier@gov.bc.ca
flnr.minister@gov.bc.ca
env.minister@gov.bc.ca
tristan.jones@gov.bc.ca
rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca
andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca
To find a BC MLA go to: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members
Tell the govt that they need to extend the ban on hunting grizzlies to all of B.C., not just in the Great Bear Rainforest! Alberta instituted a province wide ban in 2006, we can do it too. No meat pack-out, no loopholes.
Deadline for public input is Nov 2, 2017 so please don’t wait! Email them today and be sure your representatives know how important this issue is to you. We know they are listening, now we need to keep the pressure on. Please help!
For more information, please read this Open Letter to Govt from 44 Wildlife Conservation Groups & Individuals:https://tinyurl.com/Grizzly-Meat-Hunt-a-Disguise

 

B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Response to the Proposed Govt Grizzly “Meat” Hunt Reg’s

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for the full nine page response download pdf at: http://bcwf.net/images/stories/news_release/2017/BCWFGrizzlyBear.pdf

Note: bearsmatterlogoBears Matter’s comments in bold &  in brackets

The BCWF is extremely disappointed by the Provincial Government’s deviation from science-based wildlife management

(selected science at best and it is not peer-reviewed by independent biologists who say we need to proceed with caution re: our grizzly populations due to all the risk factors affecting grizzlies…David Suzuki Foundation, Wilderness Committee, Valhalla Wilderness Society, Raincoast, Coastal First Nations etc..have all published studies in scientific journals on threats to our grizzlies and the govt continues to ignore their warnings in favour of continuing the killing of grizzlies for revenue and to please a minority interest group).

Managing one species in isolation of others undermines the fundamentals of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.

( This model is based on an agricultural ‘harvest’ model from the mid-1800’s not one based on compassionate conservation of species….Keystone species need to be preserved and looking after them helps all the species and habitat)

These proposed changes delegitimize sustainable use including hunting, trapping and fishing.

( sustainable use meaning what? What are they ‘using’ wildlife for? sport, fur, meat, self-aggrandizement? What are we wanting to sustain? only to put food on the table? Needs explanation)

What has been portrayed by anti-hunting organizations, and is now supported by government, is not reflective of the realities of resident hunting.

(Bears Matter has been working to stop the killing of grizzlies in BC since 2001 when Liberal govt overturned a moratorium on hunting grizzlies…we are NOT a Anti-Hunting organization and I mostly work with org’s that are not against ethical  and humane hunting for meat)

The proposed changes violate the cultural heritage of resident hunters, values which are shared globally with other hunter-gatherer societies. Intentionally throwing out useable parts of wildlife is considered wasteful.

( Cultural heritage changes as societies grow and evolve over time, we need to leave some cultural heritage behind to go forward. I do agree throwing out parts of an animal once it is dead wasteful but I don’t agree that we should kill grizzlies for any use!)

The proposed changes will result in more habituated bears, as well as human-bear confrontations and attacks in both the front and backcountry.

( This is a preposterous claim! There is no evidence anywhere in the world to prove this would happen… more people are out in bear country so of course there have been more incidents of human-bear interactions but more attacks and habituation because the bears are being shot at? Myth!)

The taxpayer will be responsible to manage bears over the long-run which will reduce the social value of grizzly bears, and funding for grizzly bear conservation.

(The money saved by govt when there is no longer a twice annual LEH grizzly hunt will be tremendous and more resources can go to habitat protection and research etc… the conservation groups should unite with BCWF and be a powerful resource alliance that can work with govt to achieve more balance in our ecosystem and see less species go extinct or become extirpated.. Just for instance – last month the Grizzly Bear Foundation raised $440,000 for grizzly conservation in BC and Lush Cosmetics raised $150,000 this year from the sale of a grizz bear conservation product…… I think there will be monies outside of hunting licenses and pro grizzly hunting groups to help with any govt shortfall after grizzly hunt becomes illegal-also govt has be better at spending tax dollars – accountability is key)
The BCWF expects government to manage wildlife based on science. Using outcome-based polls, paid for by anti-hunting organizations, has marginalized government’s ability to represent the public interest.

( Every election serves as a poll, it was clear that two out of three political parties heard the public on this issue…they just didn’t hear clearly enough that they need to put an end to the killing of grizzlies, not open up a loophole that will be impossible to enforce. )

The public should be making evidence-based decisions, as should government, when it comes to conservation and wildlife related policies. These proposed regulations have undermined sciencebased wildlife management in favour of social and political decisions.

( Societal values have changed toward big game hunting especially regarding the killing of grizzlies, this emotional, gut revulsion to killing grizzlies is real and it is time to act on the ethics of a whole society not just keep fighting to keep a dying culture of ‘hunting for the thrill’ alive in 2017)

Bears Matter Thanksgiving Message to Premier Horgan re: Moratorium on Grizzly Hunt accross BC

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October 07, 2017

Dear Honourable Premier Horgan,

I want to sincerely wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving celebration especially as our new Premier.

We, British Columbians, are so fortunate and have so much to be thankful for. We can never take for granted the natural treasures and abundance that makes our province so special.

Premier Horgan, many of us voted for you to ensure that our beautiful natural lands are properly protected for future generations. On that note there is one area of contention that brings your government’s commitment to responsible stewardship into question; your mis-guided, pre-election promise that calls for an old law to be brought back that would force the packing out of meat of a hunted grizzly.

Unfortunately just because you make a law doesn’t mean that it will end the non-meat hunting of Grizzlies. If this were the case we would all be behind you!

Please rescind this promise immediately and enact a moratorium on all hunting of grizzly bears across BC. This one simple, logical step would send a powerful message to the world that BC is taking back control from those that wish to exploit it’s treasures.

Please read our Open Letter, Mr. Premier, signed by 38 leaders in grizzly conservation and understand we mostly support your leadership except on this issue we need you to see it in the light of day for what it is. There is no real ‘grizzly meat’ hunt by ethical hunters and never will be even if you make it a law. If your government continues to buy into the political maneuvering by the prohunter groups then your leadership will be tainted throughout your reign. Please pause, rethink and show the courage and leadership that will make us proud! Our Grizzlies’ future are depending on you and so are we!

Most sincerely,
Barb Murray
Bears Matter
Nanoose Bay via  North Van via Whistler via  Prince George

cc  Premier@gov.bc.ca , FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca , ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, ABR.Minister@gov.ca, Gord.Johns@ndp.ca, Andrew.Weaver.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Adam.Olsen.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Sonia.Furstenau.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Tom.Ethier@gov.bc.ca , Tony.Hamilton@gov.bc.ca , Bruce.McLellan@gov.bc.ca , Tristan.Jones@gov.bc.ca

For more information go to our Leaders of Grizzly Bear Conservation’s Website Click Here: Valhalla Wilderness Society in New Denver, BC

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