No Moose Hunting Area Anaham Range

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Recently received this email regarding the Moose hunting closure in region 5 of BC, Canada:

July 18th, 2012
Dear Resident Hunters,
The Tl’etinqox-t’in have announced a no-hunting area for the Anaham Range, except for Tsilhqot’in hunters and Tl’etinqox-t’in members who have guide operations. The rationale for this announcement is low moose populations.
Recent inventory (2011/12) has shown significant declines in parts of Regions 5, 6 and 7a. Many of these declines are associated with large-scale salvage logging for mountain pine beetle. There has been a significant increase in wolf populations in all of these areas according to First Nations, trappers, outfitters, resident hunters, and other outdoor users. The Province has put together a task force to deal with the declines in moose populations.
While unfortunate, this decline in moose demonstrates the reality of budget cuts and funding shortfalls for wildlife management in British Columbia. Basic management functions are on life support and have been for more than a decade. Creating healthy and abundant wildlife populations collaboratively rather than fighting over what remains should be the approach taken by all parties.
As a resident hunter, you can drive positive change by contacting your local MLA. A face to face meeting is best, followed by letters and emails. Make sure you request a reply. Remember, your MLA works for you. There are two issues that need to be addressed:
The hierarchy for allocation of fish and wildlife harvest is:
1) Conservation
2) First Nations needs for food, social and ceremonial purposes
3) Resident Hunter
4) Non-Resident Hunter (guide-outfitter operations)
1. If there is sufficient moose to allow a harvest after conservation and First Nations needs are met, will government ensure resident hunters have the opportunity to hunt in all crown land areas where a harvestable surplus exists?
2. How much money is going to be committed to moose recovery and what is the timeframe?
Government has treated fishing and hunting in British Columbia as a cash cow for decades with
little to no investment in the future. When you manage businesses in this manner, failure is the
predictable outcome.
In many of these areas moose have generally been declining since the late 70s/early 80s.
Moose recovery in these areas needs to be well funded (millions of dollars) and on the ground
efforts need to start in 2013. The expectation is moose experts provide research and that their
recommendations are not overridden by politics. The over-arching goal is to establish moose
populations which are consistent with levels seen in the early 80s when healthy and abundant
moose populations existed.
Contact your MLA and ensure they support and adequately fund science-based fish and wildlife
management in British Columbia. The declines in moose are only a symptom of a much bigger
problem which affects all wildlife.
If you have any questions, please contact BCWF Wildlife Committee Chair, Wilf Pfleiderer –
wilfp@telus.net or Vice Chair Jesse Zeman – jessezeman@shaw.ca. The BCWF will provide
updates as this situation continues to evolve.
In Conservation,

Bill Bosch
President

With Grizzly Hunting Comes Ignorance

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I thought I would share some of the comments I deal with on youtube.com in relation to bear hunting videos. They seem to attract the most anti hunter types. I wonder why they watch my hunting videos? I do not watch videos on how to be a left wing vegan hunter hater then argue with their way of life:

http://youtu.be/NXigTE_CBVc

This is a sad atrocity of why anyone would come to Bella Coola. Wilderness and the animals that live there are for everyone not just lame Trophy Hunters that need their ego-stroked.

This is a disgrace and I invite Mr. Ott to reply if he wishes.

Fraser Koroluk

Ok well first of all I have to thank you for watching my videos and contributing to the popularity of this channel by increasing the views and comments. Secondly I feel you are hypocritical by calling me out as needing to have my ego stroked when you are watching videos that you are morally against and then you try to start an argument with me to have your ego stroked. Your stance is based on pure emotion and not the science/reality of nature but you asked for it so I will give it to you.

huntingtipsandtricks

I am assuming that you live in Bella Coola so you personally must have witnessed grizzly encroachment in Bella Coola and all that comes with that: attacks on humans, livestock kills, property damage, and grizzly bears subsequently being destroyed by conservation officers or illegal kills. In fact this grizzly was harvested in an area that Brent Case was attacked in. You can do a search on cbc’s website to find the article. you can also go and do a search for this: top 10 grizzly bear myths in BC

By managing the grizzly population in BC (by harvesting approximately 6%) and targeting mature adult males (boars) it is better for the overall grizzly population. being hunted/pursued instills the fear of man so it keeps them back of urban areas. You can see that areas like Whistler and Coquitlam bears have no fear of man anymore because they are not hunted there which does not take a genius to figure out due to the large amount of encounters in those areas.

huntingtipsandtricks

Taking a small number of large adult boars out of the area is better for the herd as there is a decrease in food competition, and big boars will attack and kill bear cubs. Now I know Disney does not show this so you have not experienced this so it is hard to take. But take a deep breath and realize people have different interests and different beliefs in this world. What you did here is comparable to me watching a vegan’s video and ripping them to shreds for what they believe.

huntingtipsandtricks

 

http://youtu.be/kTfR2FTTAf8

It is very sad that people feel they need to ‘harvest’ these animals. One can see from the nervousness of the cameraboy that they are in over their heads. Grizzly Bears are a keystone species in our ecosystem, unlike the hunters that felt they had the right to kill this harmless and reclusive animal.

A sad example of humanity thinking it knows something about bears and a travesty to anyone that does. Shame on the hunter and crew.

kynochtours

Thanks for watching my videos butShame on you for standing on your high horse and preaching to me about your beliefs. I don’t go on to youtube and watch videos of vegan gardeners and lambast them for what they are doing and tell them how they are unhealthy. Nor do I go to animal rights activist/vegetarian videos and tell them they are hypocrites because they wear a leather belts, take medication that was tested on animals, and live in a house that encroaches on wildlifte habitat. Check yourself.

huntingtipsandtricks in reply to kynochtours

  • Great reply, full of the non-factual rhetoric I would expect. Encroachment is a reaction to pressure on other parts of the ecosystem, not a burgeoning bear population that needs to be ‘harvested’. I am a fisheries biologist with 30 years experience in the central coast, so have seen my share of bears (more than you I am sure). I know Brent personally, so don’t go there… Glad to help your You Tube campaign and thx for keeping it lively. PS never watched the video, it loaded to slow.

  • So why is it non-factual?Because you are older than me and you count trout?What,so knowing Brent means that he was not attacked?You start judging me and calling me out and you don’t even watch the video because you have a slow computer?Let me guess, you have no problem with fishing or stocking fish but you disagree with your Gbear colleagues and how the grizzly LEH tags are allocated?You know best about Gbears so you are badgering a hunter over a legal government allocated hunt online? Really?

I got this email on 2012-08-09

Hey hero,

"Hunting" bears in the Bella Coola Valley is hardly hunting. These animals frequent my backyard, big grizzlies and all. Easy pickings. I heard about your heroic video of you taking out one of our beautiful big boars; I hear this is not the first bear you’ve taken from us, either.
Let me ask : What do you mean by harvest? What happens to that humongous resource you’ve stolen from our ecosystem?
My biggest concern is actually our sustainable economics. As this is one of the last places on Earth that is relatively still intact, one of the last places you can come and view these great creatures, more and more people from around the world are wanting to come and see what we have. Bear viewing is taking off, the First Nations here are becoming involved in the tourism and we, the community, are keeping our eyes open for people like you. We’re everywhere. We’ll document and show the world just what is being destroyed. I would invite you to continue talking with me or others from the Bella Coola Valley about being bear aware, about the misconception created by our provincial government on the population of bears and about our future here in a remote valley with amazing natural resources that we depend on. The only tools we have to survive here are being taken from us. The trees are gone, the rivers and streams are damaged and fish populations are extremely low (this valley used to thrive on the Oolichan which was wiped out by shrimp trolling in the open ocean), our wildlife is being poached in our backyards, our crops and livestock are becoming harder to manage due to the climate change, etc, etc… Sensitive ecosystem. We’re a part of it; the bears are a part of it. We depend on them. Do a little research. Times are changing as we’re depleting our resources way too quickly.

Thanks for your time and concern,

Corissa Lee
corilee4@gmail.com

  • CONGRADULATIONS JUST a hand for the destruction of the ecosystem

  • Actually it is a help for the ecosystem. Thank you for realizing that! Taking big boars out of the area makes room for the sows and their cubs. The boars kill the cubs.