B.C. defends reduced grizzly hunt. B.C. has extended its protected areas but will still allow a limited-entry hunt. By Tom Fletcher – BC Local News.
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

7 Responses to B.C. extends its no grizzly-hunt zone by 1.9 million hectares

  1. avatar paulWTAMU says:

    I keep hoping that as there’s more protected land we’ll start seeing these large carnivores recolonize historic ranges. We’re starting to see it with wolves–they’ve begun to spread from Wyoming south and west, and possibly back into northern New England from B.C. Cougar have begun to move eastward again, and possibly south from Canada. Will we ever see it with the grizzlies?

  2. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Here’s hoping we’ll see grizzlies expand.

  3. avatar Jeff says:

    If Wyoming doesn’t aggressively control grizzlies in the Wyoming and Salt River ranges it is possible for them to migrate to Utah via the Uinta’s and Norther Wasatch Range. I wish bears in the GYE and the Glacier/Bob area would be dropped off in the Frank Church Wilderness of Central Idaho.

    • avatar ProWolf in WY says:

      That could be a good thing. I would still like to see if they need reintroduction to the San Juans in Colorado or if there is a remnant population.

      • avatar Jeff says:

        I use to live in Durango and while I suppose there could be a few bears hanging on, I’d like to see their numbers supplemented like the Cabinet/Yaak population. It seems like people would be more receptive to bear reintroductions as they are solitary, omnioverous, and slow breeders.

      • avatar paulWTAMU says:

        While they are remote, biologist have looked long and hard for grizzlies there for years with no real evidence, so it’s highly unlikely. Not impossible, but improbable. Of course, they went what, a decade, between when they thought they were extinct and the last verified sighting so…

  4. One has to put the puzzle together from different sources and news articles to get the overall picture and the impact this move has. Seems the locals there are really fed up with trophy hunting, over-hunting and poaching (for trophies and for traditional [Chinese] medicine) of their bears. Didn´t we have a similar discussion recently in one of the threads here on this blog? Would be interesting to have an estimate, how many of those 370 legally hunted grizzlys have actually been eaten, with the trophy items being only the “accidental” by-product of the food acquisition.

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