Hunting rates of Grizzly Bears are much higher than Government’s Claim: Researchers

Hunting rates of Grizzly Bears are much higher than Government’s Claim: Research

A new study has come up with findings to suggest that the killing rates of province's trophy grizzly bear are too high. The study has questioned B. C. government's claim that the grizzly bear hunting rates are sustainable in the province. The study has also suggested that the population estimates are inaccurate.

The study was published by SFU and University of Victoria scientists in Public Library of Science, a peer-reviewed journal. It has revealed that 300 grizzly bears are killed by trophy hunters every year in B. C.

The B. C. government has, however, claimed that there are good numbers of grizzlies in B. C., i. e. 15,000. But, researchers are not of that belief as they say that their analysis raises serious questions about the conclusion. The analysis was made after studying the government's data from 2001 to 2011.

SFU biologist Kyle Artelle said that hunters killed 24 more bears than the allowed local quota in at least one regional population.

"In a way it's a bit like a game of Russian roulette. The data just don't let us have a precise picture on how big that threat is. But it is a considerable risk based on that uncertainty", added Artelle. The researchers said that the government needs to learn from the mistakes committed by fisheries managers, leading to the collapse of many fish stocks.

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