Get the Facts about Grizzly Bears

Facts About Bears

The grizzly bear obtained its Latin classification Ursus arctos horribilis “bear horrible” from naturalist George Ord in 1815.

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Grizzly Hunt in BC is Sustainable

Sustainable Use

British Columbia’s wildlife management relies on strong science and sound laws resulting in a tightly controlled hunt.

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The Economics of BC Hunting

The Economics

The guide outfitting industry contributes $116 million to BC’s economy each year and creates over 2,000 jobs in rural areas.

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More about Bears

Resources & Links

Find out more about Bears, safety tips and awareness, how to avoid a confrontation and what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild.

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didyouknowGrizzly bears currently occupy 89% of their historical range in BC.
Scientists estimate 14,000-16,000 grizzly bears live in BC.

Wildlife Management and Conservation Works

BC’s management of grizzly bears is a story the province should be proud of. An estimated 25,000 grizzlies reside in Canada, half of which live in British Columbia. The provincial estimate of BC’s grizzly bear population has remained in the range of 14,000-16,000 for nearly two decades.

British Columbia’s wildlife management relies on strong science and sound laws. We are fortunate to have the resources through the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to undertake scientific studies, procure accurate population estimates, and understand the appropriate level of consumptive use.

Did You Know? 35% of British Columbia is closed to hunting

Hunting gives wildlife value. Hunters and guide outfitters have a vested interest in the future of wildlife. As a result, they are passionate about preserving the opportunity for future generations to enjoy them.

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Latest News and Press Releases

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest and oldest conservation organization, states that hunting plays a positive role in conservation because “the social and economic benefits derived from such use provide incentives for people to conserve them.”