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It’s time Canada did better by its bears

The killing of a black bear by a US hunter with a spear in Alberta has caused public outrage. What has shocked is not so much the cruelty involved - the bear survived it's initial injuries and ran off into the forest before it died -...

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British Columbia source of ‘vast majority’ of bear trophies

According to a new article in the Globe and Mail, British Columbia is the source of the vast majority of bear trophies. With hunters shooting around 240 grizzlies a year in the province and guided hunts taking about 30 percent of those, the total income...

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Grizzly Bear Ranch – The Movie

In all the long years I worked as a journalist, I never really worked with television. Once in a while I might be caught on the margins of a wide pan at a well-covered newsy event, and one time my Mum claims (possibly falsely) to have...

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Grizzly hunt set to become BC election issue in 2017

With several different groups now campaigning to end the grizzly hunt in British Columbia, it could become an election issue in the provincial poll next spring. An article in the Victoria Times Colonist makes the case for a ban. Click here to read the article in...

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Grizzly bears down 40% in some parts of BC where hunting permitted

A new study out concludes that grizzly numbers have dropped dramatically in SE British Columbia. I have been talking to the scientists on this one and it is even more significant than it first appears. What it effectively means is that the government-managed hunt in parts of...

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BC’s Auditor General to look into grizzly hunt

B.C.'s auditor general will look into the province's controversial grizzly bear hunt to see if the government is managing the animals properly. The David Suzuki Foundation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre asked for an investigation after a study they conducted suggested the limits...

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New Lives in the Wild

We have a documentary team in this week, filming an episode about Kristin and I for a series called New Lives in the Wild. The presenter is Ben Fogle. Did some high-water level rafting with them yesterday and cut a tree out that was blocking the river....

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Talking to the boss

With Christy Clark, BC's Premier, on Monday night. Can't say she's receptive to our ideas yet but at least we put our point of view regarding the grizzly hunt forward. Many in her party are very supportive. With me is Dean Wyatt, owner of Knight...

Behind BC’s grizzly bear hunt
Behind BC’s grizzly bear hunt

Every year around 300 grizzly bears are legally killed by hunters in British Columbia. For years we have campaigned to have the hunt banned. Much of this has been possible due to generous donations from our guests. Here John Marriott, a close friend and co-campaigner,...

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Does killing grizzlies make humans safer?

Grizzly hunters and their supporters have always claimed that killing bears makes people safer. Since most grizzlies attack out of fear, not for want of a meal, this line of argument has always struck me as wrong. A new study argues that, if anything, killing...