The grizzly bear hunt in B.C. was killed after two decades of pressure from First Nations, civil society and nature conservation groups. How did that campaign evolve and what led to victory for the bears?
I decided to take a look back at the history of this decision, and map out the key actors, reporting, and moments that led to the BC NDP's decision to protect the remaining grizzlies from sport hunters.
As you read through the timeline, you'll notice that journalism played an essential role on this issue, informing lawmakers and empowering the public with facts and political perspective. Vancouver Observer and National Observer's special series Trophy Hunt, exposed the connections between hunting lobby groups and B.C. Liberal officials, revealing the lack of scientific research behind government decisions.
Thanks to consistent reporting, and the actions from First Nations, civil society and conservation organizations, the grizzly bear trophy hunt became an important issue leading up to the 2017 provincial election. The BC NDP and Greens incorporated the issue into their platforms which led to today's total ban.
But as the last paragraph on the timeline says, the fight to protect grizzlies is not over. Many questions remain about the impact of proposed natural gas developments on grizzly habitats.
Check out this infographic of the critical pathway to banning the grizzly hunt in BC
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