The BC government has announced an end to the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province.
In a release, the government says British Columbians made it abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values. Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, says the government continues to support hunting in BC and recognizes the importance of hunting heritage to many British Columbians.
The spring grizzly hunting season was set to open on April 1st, 2018, but the ban for resident and non-resident hunters takes effect immediately.
Through the consultation process, the government says 78 per cent of respondents preferred stopping the hunt entirely. First Nations will still be able to hunt grizzlies under Aboriginal rights for food, social or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights.
You may read the full release from the Government of British Columbia here.