In 2005, for $1.3M, Raincoast Conservation Foundation purchased the hunting rights to approximately 25,000 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. As the only permanent solution to ending commercial trophy hunting, they extinguish guided hunting upon purchase of the tenures.
In 2011, the 3,500km2 Spirit Bear tenure was purchased. A third tenure, Klinahlini, was purchased in 2016, followed by the Nadea tenure in 2018 - bringing the total protected area to date to 35,000km2.
"To maintain the licence, we've guided many "bear hunts" but we have a 0% success rate..."
Working with First Nations partners, Raincoast's goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. The next goal is to acquire the 5,300km2 Kitlope Conservancy tenure.
Purchasing these tenures is one small part of the process of respecting the calls of First Nations communities for greater stewardship of wildlife in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Read more here, and find out how YOU can help!