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Canada province bans grizzly bear trophy hunt

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A Canadian province is banning the contentious practice of hunting grizzly bears for sport.

British Columbia's new NDP government has announced that this season will be the last for trophy hunters.

Hunting grizzlies for meat will still be permitted in all parts of the province except in one rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest will have no hunting of any kind, at the request of indigenous groups. About 250 grizzlies are killed each year for meat or sport.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40940451

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The Great Bear Rainforest will have no hunting of any kind, at the request of indigenous groups.

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The government had promised to end the hunt during the last election, citing changing public opinion. A poll found that about 90% of British Columbians oppose the trophy hunt.

So...more legislation based on feelings?

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The ministry estimated that there are about 15,000 grizzlies in the province.
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About 250 grizzlies are killed each year for meat or sport.

Clearly the grizzly population isn't in danger

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Just now, Dark_Grey said:

So...more legislation based on feelings?

Clearly the grizzly population isn't in danger

Why is that a problem?  

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6 minutes ago, Farmer77 said:

Why is that a problem?  

Because wildlife management should be left to...wildlife management. Of the people polled, how many know what the Grizzly numbers are? How many of the pollsters understand predator population control? Vote with facts and stats, always. The people polled are not experts so they should not be making policy

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The cougar/mount lion explosion in California is a perfect parallel. Kids and pets are getting mauled because bleeding hearts don't want hunters to manage them

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If you don't eat it, don't shoot it (unless it's trying to eat you).

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Just now, Dark_Grey said:

Because wildlife management should be left to...wildlife management. Of the people polled, how many know what the Grizzly numbers are? How many of the pollsters understand predator population control? Vote with facts and stats, always. The people polled are not experts so they should not be making policy

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The cougar/mount lion explosion in California is a perfect parallel. Kids and pets are getting mauled because bleeding hearts don't want hunters to manage them

Likely guy answered the question perfectly: 

Just now, Likely Guy said:

If you don't eat it, don't shoot it (unless it's trying to eat you).

 

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If you want a trophy grizzly bear, just go to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, North West Terriotories or Nunavut. It's not like a trophy hunter is out of option.

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I have no problem with subsistence hunting, or if necessary for public safely, the culling of a burgeoning population of griz. Killing them for sport, to me, seems wasteful and the unnecessary death of a beautiful, if terrifying, animal.

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They skin it and leave it to the birds. 

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On 8/16/2017 at 1:37 PM, Likely Guy said:

If you don't eat it, don't shoot it (unless it's trying to eat you).

 

3 hours ago, The Silver Thong said:

They skin it and leave it to the birds. 

Exactly. For both quotes.  Why kill another living creature for part of it's body?  If it us for food I can understand, but to kill it just for a bear skin rug is absolutely appalling IMO.

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On 8/16/2017 at 9:49 PM, Hammerclaw said:

I have no problem with subsistence hunting, or if necessary for public safely, the culling of a burgeoning population of griz. Killing them for sport, to me, seems wasteful and the unnecessary death of a beautiful, if terrifying, animal.

There is a certain beauty in a terrifying animal. On the north arm of the lake I live on was a Grizzly nicknamed 'Volkswagen'. He looked liked a fur coated car and at his age he  preferred to use 'our roads'. Everyone gave him the right of way. He is, sadly,dead by now. Everyone hopes that it was a natural death.

We've imposed far too much.

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