For every guest that books with us for the autumn grizzly-viewing season, we take $100 and put it into The Bear Called Apple Fund, named after our best-known grizzly bear who was almost certainly shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. We also accept direct donations from guests and well-wishers.
We spend part of the money we raise directly on bear science. Starting in 2016 Grizzly Bear Ranch has begun a joint project with the Brown Bear Research Network to monitor and study grizzly bears using our watershed. Our commitment is to spend 20 per cent of our fund on this initiative.
We spend about another 20 per cent on mitigating human bear conflict within the area that we live. Some of that money is spent buying bear spray for residents, some on electrical fencing costs, some on promoting programmes that encourage or help residents to manage their bear attractants (fruit trees, garbage etc..)
Most of the rest of the fund we spend fighting for a ban to grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia. Every year between 250 and 300 grizzly bears are legally shot by hunters. We believe that shooting grizzly bears for trophies is outdated and should be banned. Opinion polls suggest that around 90 per cent of British Columbians agree with us.
We engage in political activities – meeting ministers and lobbying Members of the Legislative Assembly for an end to the grizzly hunt as well as holding technical discussions with officials responsible for managing the hunt within the ministries.
Without you – our guests and supporters – we could undertake none of these activities and we would like to thank all of you who have made contributions, either directly to the fund, or through your stay at Grizzly Bear Ranch.