British Columbia Disputes Tribes Ban On Bears

British Columbia Ministry of Natural Resources, Bear Hunting Magazine

An Indian tribal-declared ban on bear hunting in northern British Columbia is meaningless and beyond the tribes' authority, British Columbia officials stated a day after it was released.

Five Coastal First Nations tribes in and around the Great Bear Rainforest, home to at least 8,000 black bears, issued a statement earlier this week banning hunting of bears. A spokesman for the tribes said they were frustrated by the government's inaction. The statement released did not say how the ban would be enforced.

British Columbia's Provincial Forests and Lands Minister said the tribes have no authority on issuing bans. "I'm disappointed in the declaration that they've taken," he said. "Given that the province has the responsibility for setting the harvest limits, we'd ask them to respect that authority."

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