Stop the hunt!
Want to help us "Stop the hunt"?
We are asking guests from years past to send an email to our Provincial Premier Christy Clark, premier [at] gov [dot] bc [dot] ca, Provincial Environment Minister Mary Polak, env [dot] minister [at] gov [dot] bc [dot] ca and our local MLA Don McRae, don [dot] mcrae [dot] mla [at] leg [dot] bc [dot] ca
If you prefer to send a letter via regular mail the mailing addresses are
Premier Christy Clark, Box 9041 Station PROV GOVT, Victoria B.C., Canada, V8W 9E1,
Minister of the Environment Mary Polak, Box 9047 Station PROV GOVT, Victoria B.C. Canada, V8W 9E2,
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae, Box 9058, Station PROV GOVT, Victoria B.C. Canada, V8W 1X4
In your own words please tell them how important seeing grizzly bears in the wild was to your decision to visit British Columbia, where you are from, how much you spent on your holiday (approximate is okay), how long you stayed in British Columbia and why you believe the trophy hunting of grizzlies in British Columbia must end. It is important that you mention Knight Inlet Lodge and Glendale Cove in your email so that, hopefully, when we talk to them they'll listen. Please either cc us in your email or email us a copy seperately.
Unlike the survey we recently asked guests from 2012 to participate in this campaign is open to all guests regardless of the year you visited. Any help would be very much appreciated by the Knight Inlet Lodge team.
Background to the "stop the hunt" campaign
In December 1999, 68 professional biologists submitted a strongly worded petition to government calling for a moratorium on all grizzly bear hunting pending completion of comprehensive population studies in the Province's six bioregions. The estimate by the Ministry of Environment that there are 10,000-13,000 grizzly bears in the province is highly questionable. Just twenty years ago the official estimate stood at 6,000 - 7,000. In a comprehensive scientific review of the province's Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy, wildlife scientists Dr. Brian Horejsi, Dr. Barrie Gilbert and Dr. Lance Craighead stated that "Grizzly population estimates in BC have been consistently over-estimated."
As one of the planet's premier places to view wild grizzlies in their natural habitat, Knight Inlet Lodge is committed to stopping the trophy harvest of these special animals. As a founding member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC, we have proven that, beyond the important ethical arguments against trophy hunting, grizzly bears are worth far more to the province alive in the forest than as a hunter's prize.
Most recently we have committed to a financial settlement with the local guide-outfitter to pay for his bear tags - i.e., paying them not to hunt.