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SeaLegacy is not going to be sidetracked by the B.C. government's half-measured decision to put a 2018 moratorium on the grizzly bear hunt, and refuses to stop until it takes the killing of these majestic bears seriously. 

At the close of 2017's hunting season on Nov. 30, the British Columbian government has banned all hunting of grizzly's within the Great Bear Rainforest of the mid central coast, but they left a gaping loophole which is bound to be exploited. Grizzly bears can still be hunted for meat. 

The move is a glaring attempt to stay true to their campaign promise while still allowing trophy hunters to kill apex predators in B.C.'s territory. The government claims there are approximately 15,000 grizzlies in B.C. Hunters kill about 250 every year.

Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson “Hunters will no longer be able to possess the hide or the head or the paws of the bear, so we feel quite confident that this announcement will mean the end of the grizzly bear trophy hunt through the province.”

At SeaLegacy we know these immense, solitary creatures are more fragile than we believe, requiring 4,000 square kilometres each as territory. They are an umbrella species whose health can help determine the health of an entire ecosystem. To hunt them is anything but noble, and we want to add our voice to the loud chorus of British Columbians and citizens of the world who understand their value beyond a hide on a wall or a meal on a plate.

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After a recent week of filming brown bears in Alaska, SeaLegacy co-founder Paul Nicklen recalled his time working with these great brown bears.

I have seen perhaps over a thousand grizzly bears throughout my years as a photographer/biologist, but I have never seen so many brown bears in such close proximity. There is so much talk of these vicious predators. If you go into a bookstore, almost all of the titles about grizzlies is how we live in fear of these vicious beasts. I believe we take this stance with grizzly bears so we can justify killing them. In Alaska, up to 2000 grizzly bears are killed every year. Most of those are taken as trophies. In British Columbia, 250 bears are taken for trophy every year. Which brings us to a very sensitive topic that needs much discussion. 

There is no way to discuss trophy hunting without evoking highly-emotional feelings. For some of us, the idea of killing large apex predators like a grizzly bear for the sake of bragging is incomprehensible, but there are others who argue trophy hunting can be a tool for conservation. Some claim that the livelihood of remote communities depends on trophy hunting to pay the rent. Regardless of your personal feelings about it, this topic is worth discussing. For me, this is a moral issue and we do not have the right to kill or take the life of another species just to make a buck or hang on our wall. I expect much opposition to this opinion and that is a good thing. Keep the conversation going.

SeaLegacy believes we need to stop all hunting of grizzly's immediately. If you agree, please help by CALL TO ACTION HERE.