NEW: Stop the Grizzly Killing Campaign BC Election May 9, 2017

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For Information and actions on our NEW Campaign:https://www.facebook.com/StoptheGrizzlyKilling/

Wilderness needs a voice. Through providing a platform for posting current trends in research, recent media, amazing images and a forum for discussion we hope to educate and enhance public awareness. Animal experts are invited to participate and contribute to clarify much of the disinformation and mythology based around ecology. Most of humanity live in cities and urban areas, the majority of children today have never even been in a forest or had any interaction with the wild. Unspoiled places where nature and natural processes are left uninterrupted are now very few and oh so precious, they must be protected. The Northwest part of North America is one such place, The Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest on earth, real wilderness. This is a place where great creatures roam freely, Bears, Wolves, Eagles and Ravens, they are the icons here. Humans have lived in relative harmony with these creatures in this place for Millennia. This Wilderness faces large challenges, population expansion, human encroachment , habitat loss and diminished food resources all put huge pressure on wildlife. Trophy hunting is a further blow, a clearly unnecessary pressure.

WE DO NOT OPPOSE HUNTING FOR FOOD AND SUSTENANCE in some places this is still a natural process.

Trophy hunting however is a deplorable and abhorrent activity, opposed by a very large majority of the public. We strive to bring awareness to the issues surrounding this government sanctioned activity. The job of government is not to advocate, but to observe the science and also public sentiment around issues. Trophy hunting removes alpha animals often destabilizing healthy populations and also removes some of the strongest competitors from the gene pool. There is very little public support for the killing of majestic creatures for sport, amusement and profit. Killing for bragging rights and home decorations is a disgusting activity which must be exposed for the deplorable act it is. We speak for and defend wildlife and wilderness.

Stop the Grizzly killing.

Background materials following:

 

 Disgraceful Photo and Practise of Killing Grizzlies for just their heads and photo op!

Really! Stewardship in Action!??? Disgraceful Poster and Photo which clearly shows the practice of killing grizzlies for their heads. The hunters sometimes takes their paws and hides but almost always takes a selfie. This archaic, senseless killing has to end!
Letter to readers by Barb of Bears Matter to BC Citizens after an NHL player’s selfies surfaced of himself with his prize of a grizzly head and paws.
17. Feb 14, 2014
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 a terribly 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.

Sincerely,

Barb of Bears Matter

 

April 16, 2014 Materials included in a Package for MLA Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C.

1. Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2014-2015 with highlights…dates and subtle warnings about female ‘harvesting’ http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/docs/leh_14_15.pdf

2. April 16’14 Cover Letter to Mr. Tom Ethier by Barb Murray preceding annotated response to form letter. http://bearmatters.com/letter-from-bears-matter-to-assistant-deputy-mr-tom-ethier-of-flnr-re-grizzly-bear-trophy-kill

3. April 16’14 Annotated Response by Barb Murray to Form Letter from Tom Ethier of the Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources received April 15’14 http://bearmatters.com/letter-from-tom-ethier-assistant-deputy-minister-to-ministry-which-administers-the-trophy-killing-of-grizzlies-in-bc

4. Apr 16’14 Print out of www.bearsmatter.com Action Page with Jan.20’14 Change.org Petition Letter to Premier Clark & Signatories and links to scientific and economic reports and other resources

5. April ’10  Introduction Pages from: ‘Ensuring A Future For Canada’s Grizzly Bears’ by Jeff Gallius, Faisal Moola and Michele Connolly  Sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/downloads/2010/Ensuring-a-future-for-Canadas-grizzly-bears.pdf

6. Mar’14 Executive Summary from ‘ Failing B.C.’s Grizzlies: Report Card and Recommendations for Ensuring a Future for British Columbia’s Grizzly Bears’ by Jeff Gailus et al  sponsored by David Suzuki Foundation http://davidsuzuki.org/publications/reports/2014/failing-bcs-grizzlies-report-card

7. Mar’11’14 Excerpts from the BC Legistature’s Hansard Blues  MLA’s Weaver and MacDonald questioning the Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson on the ‘best available science’ used to justify grizzly bear trophy hunt. http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/40th2nd/20140311pm-CommitteeA-Blues.htm

8. Mar’10’14 Excerpts from the BC Legislature’s Hansard Blues   MLA’s Weaver and MacDonald questioning the Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson on the ‘best available science’ used to justify grizzly bear trophy hunt and it’s expansion.  http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/40th2nd/20140310pm-CommitteeA-Blues.htm

9. Mar 08’14 Blog Article from ‘Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife’ Blog Title: Who are the REAL Conservationists? http://ourwisconsinourwildlife.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/who-are-the-real-conservationists

10. Mar 06 ’14 Excerpts from the BC Legislature’s Hansard Blues  MLA’s MacDonald  and others questioning the Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson on the ‘best available science and Revenues’ used to justify grizzly bear    trophy hunt. beginning just before 1510: http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/40th2nd/20140306pm-CommitteeA-Blues.htm

11. January, 2014 Executive Summary and Key Findings Pages from ‘Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia’ by Center of Responsible Travel (CREST) /Stanford Univ. http://www.responsibletravel.org/projects/documents/Economic_Impact_of_Bear_Viewing_and_Bear_Hunting_in_GBR_of_BC.pdf

12. November, 2013 Abstract and Introduction from Scientific Journal PLOS ONE, Vol 8, Issue 11 www.plosone.org ‘Confronting Uncertainty in Wildlife Management’ by Kyle Artelle et al (sponsored by Raincoast Conservation Foundation) http://www.web.uvic.ca/~darimont/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Artelle-et-al-2013-BC-grizz-hunt.pd

13.  February, 2004   Report Booklet ‘Scientific Criteria for Evaluation and Establishment of Grizzly Bear Management Areas in British Columbia’ by Barrie Gilbert et al sponsored by Environmental Investigation Agency (UK) and Raincoast Conservation Society. http://raincoast.org/files/publications/reports/GBMA-execsum.pdf

14. Mar.06’03 Purpose of Review pages from Report ‘ Management of Grizzly Bears in British Columbia: a Review by an Independent Scientific Panel by James Peek et al. Submitted to Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection, http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/grizzlybearintermreport.pdf

1. Sign and then Share the ‘Bears Matter’ petition letter to Premier Clark http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-grizzly-bears-by-banning-the-trophy-hunt-in-bc 

BearsForever Photo taken in Great Bear Rainforest of Head of Five Year Old 'Cheeky', a eco-viewed juvenile grizzly  Photo Courtesy of Bears Forever.Grizzly’s Head in Hands of Trophy Killer in Great Bear Rainforest 2013

2. Sign the ‘Bears Forever’ pledge at www.bearsforever.ca and Like Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bearsforeverbc and NEW Econo Study by CREST and Stanford University: http://www.responsibletravel.org/projects/documents/Economic_Impact_of_Bear_Viewing_and_Bear_Hunting_in_GBR_of_BC.pdf

3.. Like or Follow: https://www.facebook.com/bearsmatter; https://twitter.com/bearsmatter ; www.facebook.com/SaveBCBears https://www.facebook.com/StoptheGrizzlyKilling ;https://twitter.com/Stopgrizzlykill ;

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4. Watch 22min Video Bear Witness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDg24d8fF1Q

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5. More Resources and short film clips on trophy hunt issue: http://pacificwild.org/site/visual-media/documentaries.html .

 

Human-caused mortality is the greatest source of death for grizzly bears and is the primary factor limiting grizzly bear populations. The federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada lists grizzly bears as a species of special concern.

Human-caused mortality is the greatest source of death for grizzly bears and is the primary factor limiting grizzly bear populations. The federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada lists grizzly bears as a species of special concern.

6. Resources at  :  http://davidsuzuki.org/publications/reports/2014/failing-bcs-grizzlies-report-card/Raincoast logoRaincoast logoRaincoast logo

7. On the B.C. government’s own website there’s a very thorough review done in 2003 of grizzly bears:  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/gbear_finalspr.pdf A great deal of the concerns raised then have not yet been addressed (some were revisited in the Artelle et al 2013 paper below)

8. Resources at http://www.raincoast.org/projects/grizzly-bears/troph-hunting/ Great Bear Rainforest. Study on Grizzly Bear Mortality Rates and Causes: http://www.web.uvic.ca/~darimont/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Artelle-et-al-2013-BC-grizz-hunt.pdf and http://www.nature.com/news/canadian-grizzly-bears-face-expanded-hunt-1.14914

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9.  Resources at http://www.vws.org Valhalla Wilderness Society, Wayne McCrory

10. Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative Our letter against opening the grizzly bear hunt near threatened populations.  January 2, 2014

The BC government recently called for comments on the re-opening of two areas of the grizzly bear hunt in our province. To voice our opinion on the matter, we sent in our position to the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Range Operations .                                                                                            December 20, 2013RE: Proposal #1158  -  to open grizzly bear hunting in Management Units 5-05 and 5-06 Dear Mr. Stewart, As mentioned in a voicemail message to you just now, I am emailing your our comments as the website appears to be already closed for comments even though it states that the closing date for comments is December 20.The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative represents organizations that have a variety of perspectives on grizzly bear hunting in BC (www.coasttocascades.org). Our Initiative is not engaged in the larger issue of grizzly bear hunting in the province.Our comments on grizzly bear hunting in Units 5-05 and 5-06 of the Kliniklini-Homathko grizzly bear population unit reflect the explicit focus of the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative: to ensure the recovery of grizzly bears in southwest British Columbia’s five threatened grizzly bear population units (GBPUs). These include Garibaldi-Pitt (3 bears), North-Cascades (6 bears), Stein-Nahatlatch (24 bears), Squamish-Lillooet (59 bears), and South Chilcotin Ranges (203 bears) (BC Government, 2012).  (Go to Link to Read Full Letter)

 

CharlieRussell

11.  Resources at http://www.charlierussellbears.com Author of Grizzly Heart

Benjamin Kilham's new book coming in November!

Benjamin Kilham’s new book

12.  Resources at http://www.benkilham.com Latest Book: Out on a Limb, ‘What Black Bears have taught me about intelligence and intuition’ 13

New Manual on Bears by Kevin Van Tighem

New Manual on Bears by Kevin Van Tighem

13. Resource at http://www.amazon.com/Bears-Without-Kevin-Van-Tighem/dp/1927330319 Latest Book: Bears without Fear’13

MORE ACTIONS  

14. Action: Write to Premier Clark and cc Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations; Minister of Environment ; Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and your MLA

Hon. Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia

PO Box 9041
Station PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

Phone: 250-387-1715
Fax: 250-356-6176

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations

Hon. Steve Thomson

PO BOX 9049
STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA, BC
V8W 9E2

Phone: 250-387-6240
Fax: 250-387-1040

WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Minister of Environment
Hon. Mary Polak env.mail@gov.bc.ca or mary.polak.mla@leg.bc.ca    

cc: Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

Finding your BC MLA

Useful B.C. Provincial Contacts

15. Writing Letters to Local and National Newspapers
Writing letters to newspapers is extremely helpful. Newspaper editors, like politicians, need to know what people are thinking about regarding the issues that most matter to them. The editorial section is often the first page politicians turn to.

Remember:
Keep your letter short and to the point – less than 150 words is preferable.  Your letter should carry its most important message in the first few sentences. Include contact information so that you can be reached during the day and the evening. Don’t be afraid to tell readers what you want them to do – this is your chance to speak your mind.

Links to some of the main Canadian national and BC newspapers:
National Newspapers

Globe and Mail letters@globeandmail.ca
National Post letters@nationalpost.com
Financial Post fpqueries@nationalpost.com
Canadian Press dmeissner@cp.org

B.C. Newspapers

North Shore News tpeters@nsnews.com
Prince George Citizen letters@princegeorgecitizen.com
Vancouver Sun sunletters@vancouversun.com
Vancouver Province provletters@pacpress.southam.ca
Victoria Times-Colonist letters@tc.canwest.com
16. Join a Naturalist organization or a similar group in your community and raise the issue of the trophy hunting of grizzlies and the Spring Bear Hunt as unethical and inhumane ‘harvesting’ of our wildlife. Hopefully they will feel as you do and will help do outreach in the community to educate the public that this senseless killing goes on in our province twice a year with anywhere from 300 to 400 grizzlies ( and loss of untold number of tiny cubs) killed just for a photo op and bragging rights. They can help coordinate visits to your MLA’s office, letter writing campaigns and stage rallies and host education booths with petitions etc…
17. Feb 14, 2014
re: Letter why British Columbians can not forget ‘Cheeky’ and now is the time to speak up against Trophy Killing of Grizzlies until our Premier Hears US!
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 a terribly 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.

Sincerely,

Barb of Bears Matter