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Grizzly bears being killed in B.C. parks, protected areas: review

 

A mother grizzly bear and her young cub were spotted at Owikeno Lake outside of Rivers Inlet on B.C.’s coast in mid-January, raising concerns in the community of bears ending hibernation early.
A mother grizzly bear and her young cub were spotted at Owikeno Lake outside of Rivers Inlet on B.C.’s coast in mid-January, raising concerns in the community of bears ending hibernation early.
Photo Credit: Ian McAllister, Pacific Wild

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's parks and protected areas are graveyards for grizzly bears being shot by trophy hunters, the David Suzuki Foundation said Thursday after analyzing wildlife mortality records obtained from the provincial government.

Faisal Moola, the foundation's director of terrestrial conservation and science, said the finding is based on a review of 10,811 grizzlies killed in B.C. by humans from 1977 to 2009.

Of those, almost 90 per cent were legally killed by trophy hunters, many of them Americans with guide-outfitters, and the rest by various means, including road- and rail-kills, poaching, trapping and shooting the bears for posing a threat or nuisance.

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Salmon Rally During the Games Draws Concerned Crowd

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Chief Bob Chamberlin Leads Welcoming Song

 

Chief Bob Chamberlin Leads Welcoming Song

 

The rally for wild salmon the Wild Salmon Circle held on Saturday brought out a crowd of over 200 people to listen to speakers and to add their voice to the growing unrest about the state of salmon farms on the coast of British Columbia. To the rallying cry “how do we want our salmon?” there was a resounding “WILD.”

The sun shone brightly on banners in both English and Norwegian with the same general message: open-net salmon farms must be removed from B.C. waters now. According to speaker Otto Langer, formerly fisheries scientist and manager at the DFO, salmon farms are placed on young salmon smolt migration routes when the smolts are so small the lice they pick up from fish farms kills them. “It’s like you and I carrying a 40 pound animal stuck to our body, draining us of life.”

The message was clear that Canadians are in solidarity with the Norwegians that salmon farms must clean up their act. Shannon Ellis, a Grizzly Wilderness Tour operator, was outspoken in her talk about the ecological damage that will occur if wild salmon are allowed to die off. “There will be no more salmon swimming upstream to spawn and die, ensuring healthy growth of both our big trees and predators such as grizzlies, otters and eagles.”

“It’s symbolic to me that there were families with young children at the rally, because the next generation is going to inherit whatever we leave them,” says Rick Glumac of the Wild Salmon Circle and emcee at the Rally. “It breaks my heart that their generation may not see BC’s incredible wild salmon runs. We must be more willing to commit to the precautionary principle to protect these fish.” ...

 

To see more photos and read the rest of the story please visit the Wild Salmon Circle website:

 Wild Salmon Circle

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Faltering Light

A Visual Petition - Save the Grizzly Bears.

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Newborn orca joins resident pod

 

Ecstatic whale watchers are welcoming another new baby to the endangered southern resident killer whale pods.

The newcomer was first spotted swimming off the north end of Cordova Bay on Sunday, and the following day the birth was confirmed with photographs taken by observers from the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor, Wash.

"It was doing fine. It was brand new," said Ken Balcomb, the centre's executive director.

The baby is designated L-114 and its mother is a 22-year-old whale known as L-77 or Matia. It is the first known calf for L-77, Balcomb said. "She certainly took her time."

The birth is the seventh in just over a year for J, K and L pods, which are still struggling for survival after decades of hunting and capture that lasted until the mid-1970s.

Seven surviving babies is a record for the last couple of decades, but there were years during the 1980s when there were nine births, Balcomb said.

The total population of the three pods is now 89, which still falls far short of the recent high of 97 southern residents in 1996. Historically, there were about 120 southern residents.

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Kermode CAM at Rosswood BC

Wow  -- a Kermode Spirit Bear Live CAM at Last.

 

Stephanie and Harreson Waymen of Rosswood BC, just north of Terrace, have found a hibernating Spirit Bear.  Now I ask How can you have a better omen!

 

The details of this find and how it came into existence is part of my introduction to this Spirit Bear topic.  Since Richard will be talking with them today now that he is back from Bella Bella and helping Ian McAllister with their Kermode CAMs etc. we hope to have more insight over the next weeks. Take a look at our Biology Reference Page for more information on this camera site

 

 

 

 

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