April 1st, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Report: Trophy huntings threaten grizzlies existence

Trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia threatens the existence of the species in North America, two environmental groups said in a report released on Thursday.

The National Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation said human-caused deaths of the bears have occurred at more than double what the British Columbia government has deemed acceptable for the species long-term sustainability.

Trophy hunting – the killing of the large bears for sport – accounts for 88 percent of human-caused grizzly deaths, the report said.

“Grizzly bears will only remain in the U.S. and Canada if we reduce rates of human-caused mortality,” Louisa Willcox, senior wildlife advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

Although grizzlies are protected as an endangered species in the United States, they get no such protection in Canada. And grizzly populations in the lower 48 are dependent upon cross-border movement for breeding, the report said.

The two groups called on British Columbia to give grizzlies the same protections they get in the U.S.

“Canadians can learn a lot from the history of bear management in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The ban on hunting in the parks has been essential to maintaining grizzlies in these last strongholds for grizzlies in the lower 48 states,” Willcox said.

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  1. Wayne

    I'm lifelong hunter and an environmentalist. Grizzly population in the 48 have been stable and rising. Habitat loss is the biggest threat. Human ecroachment will result in the loss of the bear. But hunting will not be the cause.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chill

    Maybe we could all step back and chill a little. I hunt though I don’t hunt bears. No one is calling for an all out stop to grizzly hunting just a reduction of the amount of bears aloud to be killed each year in British Colombia. Hunters still kill grizzlies in the US but the US government gives out fewer permits. People all over should be more willing to listen to others and compromise. Hunters are not all red neck ass holes and non hunters’ usually do not understand the idea because they did not grow up in rural areas. People that are from rural areas often do not attempt to understand the problems of the outside world. This Country “the US” will fail if we “conservatives and liberals” fail to be able to compromise.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. couriersean

    I am for hunting, legally and for food, and I am for conservation. Hunters want to kill whatever they want, whenever they want, and when someone tells them otherwise, its an attack upon their rights to kill for sport. I've been told by many hunters, that they want to kill wolves, only because they kill elk. Anybody that thinks they have more right to kill an animal for a trophy, over a natural predators need to eat is just sick. You have a gun, and kill from a thousand yards away, some hunt. People kill predators because they are scared of superior beings. Oh, and I have been told bear meat is horrible, worthless, and is often just thrown out.

    April 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ynotliberty

    First and foremost, I am 1 month shy of being a degree holding biologist, and I don't believe this study. Do not believe anything until you hold the data in your own hands. As all animals, these creatures deserve protection, but you people saying any and all hunting should be banned, clearly have no knowledge of ecology, or basic biology for that matter. If you did, you would know that humans are animals, and animals kill to survive. Why do some people hunt? Because it is your natural right, and often your duty. Because it IS fun. It is supposed to be fun. Hey survival itself SHOULD be enjoyable. You hippies obviously have nothing but your ignorant moral compass to go on, and claims like "anyone who kills for fun should be killed themselves," is the pinnacle of moral and scientific ignorance. Grizzly bears are EXTREMELY allusive. They are far more likely to suffer from habitat destruction than over-hunting.

    April 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. willis

    One posting said that no species had ever been threatened by legal hunting. For a start there was the total elimination of bears and wolves in Britain and several other European countries. Then there were all the species of whales that were wiped out due to lack of legislation banning their killing. And the myriad species that became extinct over the centuries, all done legally. As to the person who would not believe the BC bear study because Canadian Wildlife had not backed it, readers should be aware that Canadian Wildlife personnel are often hunters themselves, I think it doubtful that hunters can be trusted to be objective in producing studies that may lead to restrictions on hunting.

    June 19, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    I live in Montana near the Yaak-Cabinet Wilderness. There has been a healthy population of grizzlies that has been tracked here for years, before I was even born. And the population has not declined. Don't worry about the grizzly, people.

    June 19, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Redneck coward hiding in the bushes with camouflage and a high powered rifle vs a bear innocently walking through a field. Take down a bear with a knife and I will give you some respect. How can you feel pride killing an animal in which you clearly have an unfair advantage? Like these sicko's that prey on children and keep videos and pictures as their trophies. No different in my eyes.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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