Grizzly bear watching set for a lift in British Columbia

With this week’s announcement that the Canadian province of British Columbia has banned grizzly bear searching, many are hoping locals and vacationers paying to watch grizzly bears will assist defend the animals and their habitat.

A feminine and her cub in British Columbia. Photo by Murray_O’Neil

The ban on grizzly bear searching was introduced earlier this week with rapid impact, which means the spring searching season that was as a consequence of begin in April has now been referred to as off. The solely exception will probably be First Nations individuals who hunt the animals for meals and ceremonial causes.

Some guides have complained concerning the potential lack of earnings from the transfer; CBC stories teams can cost upward of CAD $17,000 for a searching tour. However the province’s Environment Minister George Heyman stated analysis confirmed extra income and jobs could possibly be created by ecotourism and bear-watching of their pure atmosphere. Grizzly bears are notoriously reclusive and touring with a skilled information can enormously improve your possibilities of recognizing one. The regional government has additionally promised a supported transition from searching.

Alaska is among the finest locations to identify the grizzly bear however this might change. Photo by Naphat Photography/Getty Images

The transfer was welcomed by environmentalists throughout the board who referred to as on the government to now tackle the lack of habitat confronted by the animals, which was described in a latest report as essentially the most urgent risk to their existence. Last yr 300 grizzly bears had been killed in a hunt and simply 50 of those had been by First Nations.

British Columbia is home to roughly 15,000 grizzly bears which is about 60% of Canada’s total species inhabitants. They’re not the one well-known bears within the province both; the uncommon white bear not too long ago got here beneath new safety as its home within the Great Bear Rainforest is now a part of a Commonwealth conservation programme.

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