Author: sitemaster

Griz in Oct 1 Andy Bradfield
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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

Pizzly bear or grolar bear?

As climate change sets in in the north grizzlies are moving northwards into traditional polar bear country. The result is an increase in hybrid bears, known either as grolar bears or pizzly bears, depending on who you ask. Read more here in The Guardian....

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Grizzlies all over

We usually see grizzlies in the spring, but not four in one outing and not this early. Here are some pics Kristin took including one of a mum with a cub of the year. Unfortunately the grizzly hunters are out there too. So we are...

Local artist commemorates bears that have been shot

Three hours, 600 bears. That was the goal Kootenay sculptor Denis Kleine had in mind when he invited his Kootenay Studio Arts students, as well as local artists and activists, to join him in sand-blasting ursine images into the shores of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. "Within BC...

Kristin with Shirley Bond, the Minister of Tourism, in Victoria last month.
A Grubby Business

Being a bear guide is a grubby business. You spend much of your life crawling around in the wilderness, poking at old bones and sniffing out secrets, and trying not to get eaten by a bigger animal than you. A little bit like politics, then. With...