Jennifer Rice reacts to New Democrat government decision to end grizzly bear trophy hunt

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Prince Rupert -North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice is commending the New Democrat government for announcing that the grizzly bear trophy hunt in BC is coming to an end.  

“This is a promise our government made to the citizens of British Columbia and I’m happy to know that not only will this end the grizzly trophy hunt in our province, but also ends all grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest,” Rice said. “This will be the last time we see the grizzly trophy hunt in B.C.” 

The announcement, made by Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, outlines some of the future steps the New Democrat government will take to end the hunt. 

During the fall months, Donaldson said that the government will consult with First Nations and stakeholder groups to determine mechanism as B.C. moves forward ending the trophy hunt. Additionally, government will be moving forward with a broader consultation process on a renewed wildlife management strategy for the province.  

“As Chief Councillor Doug Neasloss of the Kitasoo Band said, ‘bears are worth more alive than they are dead,’” Rice said. “I see a prosperous future in conservation based tourism and the New Democrat government will do what it can to help with that transition.”