Bulletin Board ArchivesWinter 2001 Moratorium on Grizzly Hunt
by Marlene Harris
The BC government has decided to impose a 3year moratorium on grizzly bear hunting in the province, effective immediately. The government decided to impose the moratorium pending a scientific assessment on the status of grizzlies in the province.
Scientists have been warning the government that grizzly numbers may be far lower than originally thought. Official estimates have put the population at around 1213 thousand, but many believe the true number may be as low as 4000. This lack of hard data on the speciesí status is precisely what has prompted the moratorium and conservationists, as well as biologists are pleased. Regional outfitters are not. They believe the grizzly population is just fine and blame hardline conservation groups for bullying the government into ordering the moratorium through threats of tourism boycotts.
Back to the Archives Index
Back to the Zoological Society Home Page
This page last modified on: Monday, March 12, 2001 00:13:04
The site was created and is maintained by Ventures East.