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BC bans all grizzly bear hunting

Even after two years and hundreds of hours of lobbying, organising and schmoozing politicians, today's announcement was better than anything we could have dared hope for. The BC government banned all hunting of grizzly bears in the province, whether for trophies or for meat. We led...

Protected: To End a Bear Hunt

It's been a watershed year for grizzly bears in British Columbia. Whatever the final outcome - and we still don't know the small print of what the government's new law will say - we are pretty sure we have saved dozens and hopefully hundreds of grizzly...

Fire & Rain

It may not look like much fun. A damp garden on a soggy day. But for Kristin and I this morning was a time to do a little jig of excitement. The Weather Gods, even if they had not exactly smiled on us, were at least...

Down but not out

It's never going to be all good news living in the wilderness - and this is one of those weeks we would rather forget. Last Monday, just after we had wrapped up a great spring season with some close-up and personal viewing of wild bears, I...

A Bridge called Betty

Even before we bought the 80 acre strip of land across from the ranch a few years back we used to worry about the structure that provides for its only access. An old Bailey bridge designed for getting British tanks across middle European rivers, it had...

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Three’s a Pack

It's been more than eleven years since I set out one early spring day, only weeks after we first arrived at the ranch, to try and find a couple of dogs with whom to share our little wilderness paradise. Three hours later, following up on an...

Itchy butts

We should have posted this a while ago. The video is from 2014 when Apple's second set of cubs had a little wander around this campground and then stopped to scratch their butts on a picnic table. Apple was shot by a hunter the next...

New Lives in the Wild screening date in UK

Just a very quick update: For those of you in the UK we have just heard that the episode about Kristin and I for New Lives in the Wild with Ben Fogle will screen on Nov 15 at 9pm on Channel 5. For those of...

Grizzly hunt to become election issue in BC

Momentum is building for a ban on grizzly hunting in BC. In November two documentaries are due to be aired criticising British Columbia for hunting grizzly bears for trophies. The government has responded by commissioning biologists of its choice to issue a report endorsing the...

Trophy

Lush Cosmetics are launching a new campaign in November against the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia. The centrepiece will be a documentary talking about trophy hunting and the impact that it has on bears and bear-lovers in the province. I am one...