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Europe’s ban ‘devastates’ bear hunt

Europeans can’t bring pelts home, but the bears will still die


 

Europe’s ban ‘devastates’ bear hunt

Killing polar bears for sport is becoming an endangered activity. Foreign countries can’t stop Canadians from hunting the great white mammals, but they can make it illegal for their own residents to kill bears here and bring the pelts home. That’s exactly what an increasing number are doing. The U.S. outlawed the practice six months ago, and earlier this month the European Union followed suit, banning the import of polar bear trophies from two regions off the coast of Nunavut.

Environmentalists are cheering the move, but Inuit communities on the shores of Baffin Bay and Kane Basin say Ottawa should have done more to save the sport hunting trade. According to Titus Allooloo, who runs a hunting outfit out of Pond Inlet, “The ban will devastate the industry, probably kill it.”

The lucrative sport hunting business has been in jeopardy for some time. The bears have come to embody what the world stands to lose due to global warming, despite the fact that the Inuit say polar bear populations are rising. The irony is that harvest quotas will still be met, and as many bears will be killed as before. They’ll just be killed through traditional harvesting rather than sport hunting. Allooloo adds that he still gets a few American clients, but now they make arrangements to leave their pelts and trophies behind with local museums and stores in Canada.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said he’s pleased that the EU ban is only partial, and that it may be lifted in the future if new actions are taken to protect polar bears. But Allooloo, meanwhile, is facing the loss of his livelihood. The seven European hunters he has booked for this season—each of whom typically spends about $50,000—may be among his last. “That will have a big impact on the community,” he says.


 

Europe’s ban ‘devastates’ bear hunt

  1. A failure is usually what ensues in cases like this. Just for an example BC has banned thier bear hunt, Alberta has no grizzly hunt. Last year BC wildlife officials destroyed over 650 problem bears. I am thinking they have alot of bears. In Alberta we recently had a hunter killed by a grizzly that was WAY out of it so called “traditional” range. So it ended up getting shot anyways. I am sure there are other bears, both black and grizzlies that have been destroyed.

    I do believe the polar bear hunt is limited to something like 25 animals per year. That doesn’t sound to unreasonable to a non-biologist like me. Unless of course there are only 23 left. But from what friends have told me they have more than that in the Churchill dump. Maybe we need more dumps to save the bears. Ship that garbage north.

    • Humans rape the earth for everything it has, then when measures are put into place (always too little and too late) the rapers call foul, “I have a family to support” they cry. With this logic polar bears will go extinct so that little tommy and susy can get a nintendo wiii for christmas.

      if you enjoy killing animals for the sport of it, get a video game hunting simulator and curtail your blood lust. if your community depends on destroying bears, move to a town that has an education system and get a real job.

      quite honestly, find a way to get by in the world that doesn’t involve rifle.

    • British Columbia has NOT banned the bear hunt as DP asserts. They still issue permits for black bear hunts and, unless changed within the last day or two, has limited grizzley hunts. BC Wildlife officials (Extermination Officers) do indeed put down (kill) far too many bears, but the officers are slowly being educated. They have the same bear problems in the state of Washington, but they choose to be more responsible and educated and do not kill their bears so readily. Perhaps some of our out-dated provinces could step into this century and learn a little about how to co-exist with species rather than strive to wipe out all predators except man.

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