An estimated 25,000 grizzlies  reside in Canada, 1/2 of  which live in BC.

The Latin name for the grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, means “bear horrible.”

The grizzly bear hunt is one of the most tightly controlled hunts in the world.

Only 2% of the Grizzly Bear population (250 – 350) is taken by hunters each year.

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.

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.

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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Conservation Donation

We are accepting donations to help “save the grizzly hunt” in British Columbia.

Grizzly Bears currently occupy 89% of their historical range in BC.

Scientists estimate 14,000 – 16,000 grizzly bears live in BC.

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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.

Grizzly Bear Management Program

The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) is proud to release a grizzly bear management paper that is intended to provide some facts to an emotional debate.

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Sharing the Land Base

By the late 1800s the world’s hunting fraternity had learned that British Columbia (BC) harboured one of North America’s most magnificent big game populations. Local hunters started guiding services to meet the demand for quality big game hunts.

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Is Legal Hunting Threatening the Kermode Bear?

British Columbia is home to abundant and diverse wildlife, including a strong and growing population of black bears. Aside from the urban centres, black bears are widely distributed throughout most of BC and government biologists estimate a population of...
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Wise and Sustainable Use of Grizzly Bears

The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) supports the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. Developed through the collaborative efforts of passionate hunters, anglers, and government, the North American Model outlines seven principles for...
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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.”
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