For wolves, playtime isn’t only fun, it strengthens family bonds and reaffirms social status within the pack.
Late yesterday, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed ‘McKittrick Policy’ – a policy that prohibits prosecuting individuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be PROVED they knew they were targeting a protected animal.
The policy provides a loophole that has prevented criminal prosecution of dozens of individuals who killed grizzly bears, highly endangered California condors as well as DOZENS of critically endangered Mexican wolves.
They are not trophies.
Last week, Wolf Conservation Center staff and supporters encountered this beautiful grizzly bear mother and cub in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
Once roaming widely across North America, B.C. is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear. However, the future for this mother and cub remains uncertain.
Although they’re classified as a species of special concern, roughly 300 grizzly bears are shot for trophy in BC each year.
During the spring trophy hunt season, female bears like the one we watched are often shot leaving their cubs to perish. In the fall female grizzlies may be pregnant when they are hunted. Grizzly bears have the second lowest reproduction rate of North American land mammals.
Economically, B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt threatens the growing and sustainable wildlife-based tourism industry. Eco-tourism and bear viewing attract thousands of people to B.C. every year and create sustainable employment.
There is simply no scientific, ethical or economic rationale for the trophy hunt. Yet this year, government officials EXTENDED the grizzly bear trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Sign Pacific Wild‘s petition today to ban the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C.