Grizzly hunt becomes a campaign issue
NDP Leader Carole James wants to reopen the debate on trophy hunting for grizzly bears, but says any decisions should be based on science, not politics.
In its final months in office, the previous NDP government brought in a moratorium on grizzly hunting.
The B.C. Liberals overturned that decision, allowing regional hunts where scientific research showed healthy grizzly populations.
But James says the Liberals did too little research before lifting the moratorium. She says if the NDP forms a government, she'll move as quicky as possible to make a decision based on sound science.
"I support the preservation of grizzly bears, but let's look at the science and the fact. Let's not make a decision because it's election time and we think it will win us a few votes."
But Chris Genovali from the Raincoast Conservation Society says that sounds like a "talk-and-shoot" policy to him.
"How can you have a process where you're analyzing the impact of the trophy hunt on the grizzly population in B.C. and continue to shoot and kill them for sport?"
Genovali says there's already enough scientific research now to support a moratorium on the grizzly hunt.