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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.

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.

Grizzly bear population at risk as B.C. Liberal government aligns with trophy hunters

Photo of Premier Christy Clark at 2012 GOABC convention from Facebook. GOABC president Mark Werner, left, and executive director Scott Ellis, right.
 
By Claire Hume Jan.27’15 Vancouver Observer
 
Third in a series investigating B.C.’s trophy hunt. Read part one and two for the whole story. 

Dressed in a black cowboy hat, B.C. Premier Christy Clark beams at the camera as she accepts the President’s Award from the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. The year is 2012, and the outfitters are gathered for their annual convention in Kelowna. Clark has just announced new regulatory changes to benefit the hunting guides, and was cheered by the audience. 

“So awesome to have Premier Clark in attendance and noting her support for HUNTING and the role of hunters as conservationists and as the original eco-tourism promoters in B.C.!” a commenter gushed on the Guide Outfitters’ Association (GOABC) Facebook page. 

Representing 245 outfitters, GOABC is one of the key proponents of ongoing trophy hunting of grizzly bears. Its members constitute a tiny minority of B.C.’s population, but carry significant weight with the provincial Liberal government. 

Like Canada’s polar bears, B.C.’s grizzly bears have been listed as a “species of special concern” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Unlike their Arctic cousins, though, grizzly bears don’t qualify for federally legislated conservation measures — despite the fact that B.C. grizzly numbers have dropped from an estimated 35,000 grizzlies in 1915 to possibly as low as six thousand today — and have become a coveted prize for trophy hunters

Read Full Article at: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/grizzly-bear-population-risk-bc-liberal-government-aligns-trophy-hunters 

Please sign and share Petition to Protect Grizzly Bears by Banning the Trophy Hunt in BC https://www.change.org/p/protect-grizzly-bears-by-banning-the-trophy-hunt-in-bc