Grizzlies Now Have a Safe Haven in the Emerald Edge

The hunting season for grizzly bears in British Columbia is permanently closed.

On Dec. 18, the British Columbia government announced that a complete ban on hunting grizzly bears will take effect immediately.

A grizzly bear at Mussel Inlet of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada. The 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. Photo credit: © Jon McCormack

Ending the grizzly bear hunt eliminates one of the biggest threats facing this iconic species, allowing the people of B.C. to focus on sustainable land management. It will also boost the eco-tourism and bear-viewing industry — an economic driver that research has shown can be up to 12 times more profitable than hunting tourism.

This achievement is a clear example of the potential created by investing in Indigenous leadership and authority in the Emerald Edge region stretching from Washington state to Alaska.

Banner image by Cliff Forrest