Grizzly Bear Deaths Mostly Due to Trophy Hunting
Friday, March 30 2012 @ 01:41 PM EDT
Contributed by: elle
B.C. grizzly bear deaths rise 21 per cent: report
Humans along with threats to habitat are the cause
By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun
A total of 383 grizzly bears died were killed in B.C. in 2011, up 21 per cent from the previous year, according to statistics released Friday by the provincial government.
Of the 383 grizzlies, 334 or 87 per cent were killed by trophy hunters. The rest were shot for posing a threat to people or property, or killed in collisions with motor vehicles, rail accidents, or due to poaching.
The B.C. government estimates there are 16,000 grizzlies in the province, where the animal is listed both provincially and federally as a species of special concern.