Coastal Guardians Protect Bears through Traditional Laws – CFN

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Coastal Guardians Protect Bears through Traditional Laws – CFN

by ahnationtalk on August 4, 202219 Views

August 4, 2022

Coastal First Nations have lived with their bear neighbours, including grizzlies and Spirit Bears, for thousands of years. Today, these ancient stewardship traditions are carried forward with the integrated bear stewardship by Coastal Guardians and their Nations.

When provincial laws and management were failing public values and compromising ecosystem health with the senseless trophy hunting of bears, Nations pushed back by enforcing Indigenous laws.

The provincial government was permitting trophy hunting of grizzly bears, even though the majority of British Columbians were not supportive: of those polled in 2015, 91 percent disapproved of trophy hunting, and by 2017, 78 percent favoured an all-out ban. The province was also determining how many bears could be sustainably hunted each year without monitoring the number of bears.

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