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Thursday, April 1, 2010

B.C. grizzly hunt numbers called excessive


Trophy hunting of grizzly bears is exceeding the number of kills allowed by B.C. government limits, say two prominent environmental groups.
A joint study by the David Suzuki Foundation and the New York-based Natural Resources Defence Council found the B.C. government's limits on grizzly hunting were exceeded in 63 per cent of the grizzly populations at least once over a five-year period, between 2004 and 2008.
"Held up against the government's own estimates of what is sustainable, the number of grizzlies being killed in B.C. is excessive," said Dr. Faisal Moola, director of science and terrestrial conservation at the David Suzuki Foundation, in a release. Nothing is being done to stop it, he said.

According to the David Suzuki Foundation, almost 11,000 bears were killed by humans between 1977 and 2009, with 87 per cent legally killed by hunters. It predicts that if current hunting habits aren't changed, grizzly bears may be threatened or endangered by 2065.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/04/01/grizzly-bear-study.html#ixzz0jsqz0Ka1


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Exactly what pleasure do people get by having the head or other parts of a grizzly in their possession? I have always wondered about this question. Now these people are over-killing grizzlies. And why hasn't the British Columbia government come up with a plan to maintain the  population of grizzly bears in the province?


According to the website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting,"In the 19th century, southern and central European sport hunters often pursued game only for a trophy, usually the head or pelt of an animal, which was then displayed as a sign of prowess."


Surely there are better ways to show one's prowess than act of killing a defenseless grizzly bear with rifle and ammunition. It is nice to see at least one government in this world condemn trophy hunting
 (see http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=28737&SESSION=875 ).
I hope many more governments do so in the near future!


"The League Against Cruel Sports has produced a report, alleging that trophy hunting does not have a positive impact on conservation. They suggest that ecotourism can earn local communities up to fifteen times the amount of money earned by livestock, game-rearing, or overseas hunting. Ecotourism increases the number of jobs and lengthens the amount of time that wildlife exists as an economic resource."
 (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_hunting )





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