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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.

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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.

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In North America, hundreds of grizzly bears are killed for sport by trophy hunters every year. This “sport” is outdated, wasteful and inherently cruel. Trophy examines the effect that trophy hunting has on the people, land and animals. Can we truly justify killing these animals for sport (or for any reason? except in extraordinary circumstances) To see the complete 28min documentary go to: http://www.trophyfilm.com/watchthefilm Please sign the petition at the end of documentary. Thank you, Barb of Bears Matter

Press Conference: Justice for BC Grizzlies Vancouver Launch Sept 13, 2016 @ 10am

Event Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10 a.m.                                                                          The Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford Street across Beach Ave   Public Invited

BC TAKE THE PLEDGE  at www.justicebcgrizzlies.com
“I PLEDGE to help end BC’s unjust grizzly hunt by reaching out to as many fellow voters and political candidates as possible between now and the May 9 2017 provincial election!”

Justice for BC Grizzlies, an advocacy group founded in March 2016 for the purpose of ending the grizzly bear hunt, is taking action to stop the hunt. “Election time is coming, and our information indicates overwhelming support province-wide for ending the grizzlies bear hunt,” said Val Murray, who helped found Justice for BC Grizzlies.

To make sure Premier Christy Clark is hearing this message, the group is asking voters throughout the province to “Take the Pledge” and help keep the grizzly bear hunt an uppermost election issue at a press conference to be held September 13, 2016 in Vancouver. Charlile Russell, grizzly bear expert and the honourary spokesperson for Justice for BC Grizzlies, will speak at the press conference about what he has learned from living and working with grizzly bears in BC, Alberta, Alaska and Russia. His experience with grizzlies offers compelling reasons why killing these majestic and intelligent animals is unacceptable.

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Robert Bateman says “Charlie Russell is a hero who deserves prominence in Canadian consciousness and beyond. Charlie’s work opens our eyes to the breadth and depth of bears in particular, and nature in
general. Let us hope that his sensitivity is contagious,”

Murray: “Given that wildlife viewing generates 10 times more economic spinoffs into our local and provincial economy than trophy hunting, it doesn’t make sense economically, ecologically or ethically to be killing grizzlies.”

Founders of Justice for BC Grizzlies, Val Murray will also speak. There will be
a question and answer period following the presentations and Justice for BC Grizzlies supporters
will be available for interviews.

For information, visit: www.justiceforbcgrizzlies.com; www.charlierussellbears.com

Contact

Val Murray  justiceforbcgrizzlies@telus.net

Facebook: @justiceforbcgrizzlies; Twitter: @justice4bcgrizz

 

Globe and Mail Opinion: After the Spear Outrage We Must Fight to Protect Canada’s Iconic Bears

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/after-the-spear-outrage-we-must-fight-to-protect-canadas-iconic-bears/article31447415/   August 17, 2016

Julius Strauss is a B.C.-based bear viewing guide and member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association

The killing of a black bear by a U.S. hunter with a spear this week in Alberta has caused public outrage.

What has shocked is not so much the cruelty involved – the bear survived its initial injuries and ran off into the forest only to die later – but that the bear had been baited, and the act was legal.

The hunter, Josh Bowmar from Ohio, went on to celebrate the feat by posting a video of the killing on YouTube replete with footage from a GoPro he had attached to the spear.

Another hunter said Mr. Bowmar had “cojones” for being willing to approach the bear on foot, as it rummaged around a baited barrel that had been put out specifically for the purpose.

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BC Almanac Podcast with Justice for BC Grizzlies and Others on August 17, 2016

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Listen to podcast at 17:20mark to hear arguments from all sides re: grizzly hunt in BC  – Introducing the new concerned citizen’s group Justice for BC Grizzlies

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Go to: www.justiceforbcgrizzlies.com. Facebook: @justiceforbcgrizzlies  Twitter @justice4bcgrizz email: justiceforbcgrizzlies@telus.net

 

 

 

Charlie Russell: Discoverying the True Nature of the Grizzly Bear, YouTube Video March’16

 

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A gift to ALL! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLpyFH1Y-aA&feature=youtu.be

A 46 minute long video and so well worth the view. We must really LISTEN carefully to Charlie Russell’s words and step up ourselves to tell the true story about grizzlies.

We must NOW take Charlie Russell’s life’s message to our politicians, candidates and voters with as much conviction, commitment and passion as he has shown all these years. Now in his mid-seventies, Charlie is still fighting for the grizzlies and we must fight along side him. We have to finally bring peace to our grizzlies in British Columbia and end the killing.

Once we end the killing of grizzlies in our backyard we can help grizzlies in other jurisdictions.
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Note: YouTube Video: Published on Mar 29, 2016 by Wilderness Wildlife and Human Interaction Cochrane Research Institute, Discovering the true nature of the Grizzly Bear