Pacific Wild@pacificwild

Working to protect the wildlife and wild spaces of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest and beyond. **New initiative #saveBCbears @ savebcbears.org **

https://pacificwild.org/about/employment/development-director-pacific-wild

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Today on Remembrance Day in Canada, we are honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers. We are also remembering a little black bear cub and honouring the human-animal bond. Most people don’t realize that the famous character from the children's story, “Winnie-the-Pooh”, started with a real-life black bear from Winnipeg, Canada. When WW1 broke out in 1914, veterinarian and soldier Doctor Harry Colebourn offered his services to his country. Bound for Quebec, Harry rescued a seven-month-old black bear cub in White River, Ontario, whose mother had been shot by a hunter. Named after the City of Winnipeg, "Winnie" the bear cub ended up going to war with Harry aboard the S.S. Manitou heading for England. The little cub became an unofficial regimental mascot in England, where she was loved by the troops for her gentle and playful nature. But when Harry was told that he will be sent to the front lines in Europe, he donated Winnie to the @zsllondonzoo where she was loved by children from around the world. "There is something you must always remember," Harry said. "It's the most important thing, really. Even if we're apart, I'll always love you. You'll always be my Bear." - From the book "Finding Winnie” by @lindsaymattick, when Harry takes Winnie to her new home. Ultimately, this little bear cub inspired #aamilne's character, Winnie-the-Pooh, and is a story of how animals have long provided people with ways of imagining their own place in the world.
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Video by @pacificwild of a black bear cub in the #greatbearrainforest. Swipe for original photos from 1914, courtesy of Lindsay Mattick @harpercollinsus @harpercollinsca @lindsaymariestewart
@stanford @susanreaton_geo @ryerson_u @iantmcallister @cbckidsca #winniethepooh #rememberanceday #blackbear #cub #WW1 #lestweforget #rememberthefallen #remberanceday2017


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We're hiring! Apply now. Pacific Wild is seeking an experienced Development Director to design and execute a successful fundraising strategy to support our work to protect wildlife and their habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest. Do you have a passion for fundraising? Are you a great writer and collaborator who enjoys connecting with philanthropists and activists alike? We are looking for the right candidate to handle a diverse set of development tasks for our non-profit, from innovative fundraising campaigns and events, to grant writing and donor tracking.
To view the full job description click the link in our profile or visit: pacificwild.org/about/employment
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#bears #wolves #orcas #salmon #marinelife #conservation #job #environment #employment #bc #cndpoli #bcpoli #fundraising #hire #development


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THANK YOU to everyone who wrote letters last week to the proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban for grizzly bear hunting. We had 1,000 letters sent in through pacificwild.org during the last 48 hours alone! One of @PacificWild's team members joined the many other voices to tell the government that B.C. needs a full ban on all grizzly bear hunting to protect this vulnerable species. This relates to the call for a ban on black bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest as well, because those black bears killed for "sport" could be carrying the recessive gene that gives rise to Spirit bear cubs. Click the link in our bio to read the full letter by our Programs Coordinator, Krista Roessingh, as she touches on her personal experiences. "It seems we have not learned much since the annihilation of the buffalo, the big whales, the sea otter, and now the mountain caribou, salmon, herring and eulachon. As stewards of B.C.'s wildlife and crown lands, you cannot just go on allowing people to kill, log, road, mine, and pollute everything. You need to take a stand and turn things around before it's really too late. I believe that most British Columbians will be there to support you if you do it right."
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Photo by @iantmcallister #savebcbears #greatbearrainforest #spiritbear #stopthetrophyhunt #grizzly #blackbear #kermode


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Please join us in asking the B.C. government to close the loophole that allows grizzly bears to be killed "for meat". The B.C. government will stop all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest and end trophy hunting of grizzly bears throughout the rest of the province effective November 30th. But the decision allows continued grizzly bear hunting outside of the Great Bear Rainforest, under the pretext of hunting for meat.
Today is the last day to add your voice to these proposed regulations. Please take a moment to tell the government that B.C. needs a full ban on all grizzly bear hunting to protect this vulnerable species. Link in header. Thank you!! #SAVEBCBEARS Photo by @iantmcallister #grizzlybear #publicinputmatters


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Grizzly bears need your help. Today is the second last day for British Columbians to provide input on the proposed grizzly bear hunt-regulations by the B.C. government. The catch? The consultation is about how to manage the meat hunt, not if there should even be a meat hunt.
The more you learn about bear populations in B.C., the more appalling the idea of any form of grizzly hunting becomes - whether it is for their head, paws and hide, or for their meat. Bears are vulnerable to population decline and B.C.'s grizzly population has fallen from an estimated 35,000 bears in the early 1900s to as low as six thousand today. Now’s the time to let the Canadian authorities know that all killing must end before B.C.’s bears are pushed to the brink of extinction. Click on the link in our profile to add your voice to Pacific Wild's letter today. No hunting of grizzly bears for trophy or for meat! #SAVEBCBEARS
Photo by @iantmcallister #cubs #family


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While Canada and the U.S. have their own conservation battles, many of the issues overlap on the coast as marine mammals and apex predators do not heed political boundaries and often pass through neighbourly waters or forest.
But we can learn from one another in many ways. On the Pacific coast in Washington state for example, there's a strict law forcing boats to stay almost 200 metres away from the whales at all times. In Canada the limit is 100 metres and it’s a guideline, not a requirement.
However, at long last, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says there will be regulations in place before the spring to ensure no boat comes within at least 100 metres away from all marine mammals and 200 metres away from killer whales.
More needs to be done to both protect and help recovery efforts of marine mammals in Canadian waters. Currently, all four populations of killer whales found in B.C. waters, as well as fin whales and humpback whales, are recognized under the federal Species at Risk Act. Northern resident, Bigg’s (transient), and offshore killer whales, fin whales, and humpback whales are listed as “threatened,” while southern resident killer whales are listed as “endangered.” They face a large number of human-caused threats, including lack of prey, ship strikes, aquatic pollution, warming waters due to climate change, as well as potential impacts from fishing practices and tanker projects. Noise from large ships and whale-watching tour boats is another large threat to whales as it disturbs their ability to use sound to find food - we welcome this new proposed regulation and look forward to seeing more change to help protect marine mammals.
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Photo by @iantmcallister #pnw #20by2020 #oilspill #ourocean2017 #OurWild #orca #killerwhale #noisepollution #whalewatching


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Here's some good news: The federal government has met its target for protecting 5% of Canada’s oceans by 2017, including several areas yet to be fully designated. A 140,000km2 area off the west coast of Vancouver Island containing many seamounts and hydrothermal vents that support an abundance of ocean life will receive interim protection in the form of closures to all bottom-contact fishing in approximately 60% of the total area. This will protect corals, sponges, and their sensitive seafloor habitats from damage. As one heckler commented, it’s a bit like saying you cleaned up 5% of your room – but we commend those in government, as well as conservationists, First Nations, and others who are working hard to make real progress on ocean protection.
Photo by @iantmcallister #marineprotectedarea #pacificnorthwest #Coast #cogovernance #oceanfeedstherainforest #20by2020 #coralbouquet


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Conservationists vindicated in a new damning report by the Auditor General of British Columbia. "We found that the ministries haven’t fulfilled many of their commitments, including a grizzly bear management plan and the implementation of a recovery plan in the North Cascades. Also absent was an inventory and monitoring strategy of grizzly bears in B.C. and clear policies for bear viewing." Human expansion has also resulted in increased illegal killing of grizzly bears, and greater human-bear conflicts. Yet, the long-promised legislation that could address these risks are not yet in place. Our criticism over the last two decades on BC's ability to conserve grizzly bears is supported in this report and more. The Ministries’ management of grizzly bears did not meet expectations. The lack of effectiveness of grizzly bear management in this province is clearly evident and we need to see immediate and proactive change, starting with a full ban on grizzly bear hunting. Send in your letter advocating for change to the government now at the link in our profile -- all you have to do is add your name!

#SAVEBCBEARS
Photo by @iantmcallister


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A soggy afternoon for a Kermode and black bear in the #GreatBearRainforest. The rare Kermode or "Spirit" bear in the foreground is one of only a few hundred in the world and found almost exclusively in the densely forested islands of this region. Triggered by the same recessive gene associated with red hair and fair skin in humans, this cream or white bear is actually a white variant of a black bear. Both of these bears depend on the fall salmon runs for their final meals before their winter hibernation, which can be up to seven months long. However, the number of returning wild salmon has declined drastically over the years and we are seeing new visitors encroaching on Spirit and black bear territory in search of more food: grizzly bears. Grizzlies and black bears coexist everywhere except the smaller islands of the Great Bear Rainforest, causing age-old systems to change. "There's not enough habitat for grizzlies on those smaller islands. They need big grassy estuaries, subalpine habitat, and an enormous home range, which those islands don't offer," says Thomas Reimchen, a biologist at @universityofvictoria, @natgeo. Another reason we need to protect this incredibly interconnected ecosystem, from bears to the salmon that nourishes them.
#oceanfeedstherainforest #pacificwild #spiritbear #kermode #blackbear #grizzlybear
Photo by @iantmcallister


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British Columbians are being given the opportunity to provide input on the proposed grizzly bear hunt-regulations until November 2nd. But the consultation is about how to manage the meat hunt, not if there should even be a meat hunt. The long-term survival of grizzly bears in this province is at risk if we do not act now. Your voice is needed. The new meat-hunt policy fails to address the long-term conservation of grizzly bears and the acknowledgement of the majority of First Nations and B.C. residents who wish to see a complete end to the hunt. All you have to do is add your name to the letter template on our website at pacificwild.org to help us push for a total and complete ban of grizzly bear hunting -- no hunting for trophy or for meat!! #SAVEBCBEARS
Photo by @iantmcallister


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The salmon run is currently peaking in the cool fall waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Proper protection of wild salmon and their habitats, from the open ocean to upriver spawning grounds, benefit many species and ecosystems. Yet despite Premier Horgan recognizing the importance of wild salmon and being committed to its protection, there's been no mention of specific measures to protect and rebuild salmon stocks on the Pacific coast. We need your help to phase out open net fish farms in migratory routes -- head to pacificwild.org to send a letter into the government now. Wild salmon are under direct threat from current government policies. We need to see measures taken to combat climate change and enforce habitat protection and restoration, pollution control, and better regulation and enforcement of salmon and other fisheries, and salmon aquaculture.
Photo by @iantmcallister #salmon #DFO #Fisheries #fishfarmsgetout #wildsalmon


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A view of two worlds: these two split shots show very different things above and under the surface of the ocean. The ever-changing interface between land and sea is what defines the #pacificnorthwest perhaps more than anything else. At times it can be stormy grey skies meeting cold, clear waters, or sea-green tones of the forests edge blending with salty ocean waves. But last fall it was diesel fuel and heavy oil that covered the sea floor and saturated shellfish beds.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the oil spill in the Seaforth channel in #Heiltsuk traditional territory of Bella Bella.
Today, an entire year later, the Heiltsuk Nation have had to open a legal case on the lack of post-spill recovery - one that seeks to recover damages and challenge the "world class oil spill response."
“The oil spill continues to be a catastrophic injury to our food sources, culture, and economy,” says Heiltsuk Tribal Council Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett. Head to the link in our profile to read the full release about how the government of British Columbia and Kirby Corporation have been unwilling to meet Heiltsuk requests for comprehensive post-spill research or a health impact assessment to date.
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First photo by @iantmcallister second photo of #nathanestewart by @tavishcampbell #greatbearsea #cdnpoli #ourocean2017 #blueeconomy #oilspill the


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38 environmental and animal welfare organizations, along with wildlife-based businesses and prominent activists, have signed an Open Letter to the B.C. government opposing the continuation of grizzly bear hunting, under the pretext of hunting for meat, except for a jointly-regulated First Nations ceremonial/sustenance hunt.
“The B.C. government is planning to end trophy hunting of grizzly bears, but will allow them to be hunted for meat across most of the province, except for a 230,000-hectare portion of the Great Bear Rainforest,” says @iantmcallister of Pacific Wild. “We are asking for a complete ban on hunting grizzly bears all over B.C.”
Head to our website pacificwild.org to read the full open letter. We need your voice --> as it stands, we expect to see trophy hunting continued under the guise of “meat” hunting. The importance of public outcry is critical to seeing policy change - the current government process only considers how to manage the meat hunt, not whether there should even be a meat hunt.
Help #saveBCbears and continue the fight to end grizzly bear hunting in B.C. once and for all: savebcbears.org


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Some good news for marine ecosystems - we are very hopeful to hear efforts will be made to develop minimum standards for protecting our oceans! Please help advocate for protection of the Great Bear Sea by adding your name to our pledge: greatbearlive.pacificwild.org/greatbearseapledge
This news was just released as Canada is currently attending the "Our Ocean Conference" in Malta, a discussion focused on how to identify solutions and commit to new, significant and impactful actions to address the global challenges of our oceans. The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc announced that #Canada will establish a national advisory panel that will provide the Minister of #Fisheries, #Oceans and the Canadian #Coast Guard with advice on minimum standards within future #MPAs in Canada’s waters, working with Indigenous and Northern partners.
Head to our website pacificwild.org to read the full news release.
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Photo by @iantmcallister
#malta #marineprotectedareas #10x2020 #blueeconomy#ourocean2017 #cdnpoli


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A typical female grizzly bear may give birth to a maximum of ten cubs over her lifetime, half of which usually die within a year. Surviving cubs like this young one pictured (swipe for more poses!) usually remain with their mother for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years. During this time, the mother will not mate. Despite the critical importance of female bears to the health of grizzly populations, 1/3 of the grizzlies killed in B.C. are females. How can you help?
As of this week, YOU are now being given the opportunity to provide input on new proposed grizzly bear regulations -> the B.C. government has opened a public consultation period until November 2nd. The recent government decision currently allows a residential hunt to continue. Help us push for a total and complete ban on the grizzly bear hunt. We have helped make this step easy for you by writing a letter template for you to add your name to and send in - click on the link in our bio. Members of the public may also send comments directly to: grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca
Photos by @iantmcallister


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Today is #WorldAnimalDay! Help us protect this furry little crew deep in the #GreatBearRainforest, as they scramble to become famous movie stars - look at that spin! ;) These videos and stories we produce are powerful tools to serve as an inspiration, catalyst for change, and public education. However, our end goal is to produce meaningful impact in the form of long-term sustainable practices and to invoke policy change to conserve and protect the health of the Pacific coast.
We need your help to do this. Give in honor or in memory of someone you love at the link in our bio.
We have reached nearly 40% of our goal, help us reach the full goal and give the gift of land, ocean, and community conservation in the Great Bear. Donate now at savebcbears.org or pacificwild.org.
#SAVEBCBEARS #savebcwolves #mpa #marineprotectedarea #worldanimalday2017
Song by Whilk and Misky.


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Although the government of B.C. recently announced a ban on trophy hunting and all hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, the decision allows a residential hunt to continue. Pacific Wild's new initiative at savebcbears.org aims to put an end to all grizzly bear hunting in B.C. once and for all. Add your voice now to #SAVEBCBEARS - we are among many who are advocating for this necessary change: - Nine-in-ten British Columbians (88%) welcome the provincial government’s decision to ban trophy hunting of grizzlies in the province, including 69% who “strongly” support it
- Three-in-four British Columbians believe no grizzly bears should be hunted in the province
- 74% of British Columbians are in favour of banning all grizzly bear hunting in the province, while 19% are opposed
- Almost three-in-five self-described hunters (58%) are in favour of banning all grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia
Head to pacificwild.org to view the full results of the brand-new poll by Insights West conducted in partnership with @lushcosmetics and the @bearviewingbc Commercial Bear Viewing Association.
“The government has taken a good first step, but this poll reiterates the fact that the vast majority of British Columbians want to see an end to all hunting of grizzly bears, whether for trophies or meat,” says Julius Strauss of the CBVA’s Political Committee in the report.
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With so many tragic events and devastation in the world right now, we need some heart and hope. So this week, the team at Pacific Wild aims to inspire you to continue fighting the good fight by expressing to you why we do what we do. Head to pacificwild.org to read stories from members of our non-profit team --- a few of the many people who do good in our world.
“I travel the same waterways and walk through the same ancient forests as my people have done for over 14,000 years. Operating in the home of the Heiltsuk people, Pacific Wild has shown me the ropes and opened my eyes to the world of environmental conservation beyond the generations of teachings of Aboriginal stewardship. From sea to sky, come hell or high water; I will call this my home, so will my sons and my daughters. The salt is in my blood, it courses through my veins; it is in my DNA, it is embedded in my brain. You will never find me where I cannot smell the salty breeze, it is forever my home, fair winds and calm seas.” - Words and photos by @jordan.wilson.photography, Great Bear LIVE Technician at Pacific Wild.
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Head to the link in our profile to read the first featured story from Jordan Wilson - one of many voices that acts as a powerful and necessary tool for conservation and re-thinking wildlife management. Please consider donating to our efforts at the link in our profile - we are aiming for $25,000 to help #SAVEBCBEARS


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When people think about sea otters the first thing that often comes to mind is their endearing cuteness, but they are much more important than that. Sea otters are considered a keystone species - one way they contribute to the diversity of our ocean is by tending vast kelp forests. These forests help to create a safe haven for an extensive array of marine species, a quiet habitat in the otherwise tumultuous waters of the outer coast. There is so much more to learn about these resilient animals that were once hunted to the brink of extinction. “Our ancestors had a way of managing our relationship with the sea otters, they had a place in the ecosystem. With today's laws there is a delicate balance and Indigenous people need to be a part of the discussion regarding their management.”
— Skil-Hilans, Allan Davidson, Hereditary Chief, Haida GAW @ coastalvoices.net.
Today, the return of this keystone species is a living reminder of what restoration, conservation and compassion for non-human species can achieve. Head to pacificwild.org to read our most recent blog post to honour the final day of #seaotterawarenessweek - featuring stories from a diverse group of Indigenous leaders, scientists and artists who are working together to discuss and plan for the profound changes triggered by the return of sea otters.
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Photo by @iantmcallister #seaotter #soaw #otter #pup #GreatBearRainforest #greatbearsea
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Devastating and horrific news. A famously curious female grizzly has been killed. She has been dubbed "Cecil the lion of B.C." Only two days before the launch of the #SAVEBCBEARS initiative at savebcbears.org, the female grizzly bear #Bear148 died at the hands of a trophy hunter after it wandered across the border from Alberta to B.C. The female bear was wearing a research collar.
Trophy hunting is banned in Alberta - but in the neighbouring province of British Columbia, the killing of grizzly bears remains legal. @pacificwild's awareness efforts at savebcbears.org in collaboration with @MileyCyrus speaks on the myriad of issues these great bears are up against.
“Her death highlights the need for collaborative cross-border conservation between B.C. and Alberta. Conserving wild lands for grizzlies and many other species, including caribou, should be a conservation priority for governments in this region, one that currently has relatively little protection,” says @y2y_initiative program director for B.C. and Yukon, Candace Batycki.
Read more in the Y2Y media release posted at pacificwild.org or head to our Facebook page @ Pacific Wild.

Photos of a #GreatBearRainforest grizzly bear - the only protected place in B.C. - by @iantmcallister


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Swipe left and head to savebcbears.org to listen to Miley's acoustic recording of the Teddy Bear Picnic song as she joins @PacificWild to work towards the protection of one of the most iconic, intelligent, slowest-reproducing land mammals in British Columbia --- the grizzly bear. Remember you too can take action. Your voice is needed to help #savebcbears.
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#turnitup #coversong #acoustic #miley #mileycyrus #mileyqueen #getinspired #getinvolved


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Today we are excited to launch a new initiative! With the help of @MileyCyrus (make sure you turn that 🔊on!) our aim is to spread the word that despite the new ban on trophy hunting, bears in British Columbia are still being hunted via a loophole that allows hunters to claim them as food. Head to SAVEBCBEARS.ORG where you can get involved by signing a petition, making a donation, and recording your very own version of this song to share via social media. The combined pressure of hunting, habitat fragmentation, urbanization and other human-caused disturbance has already removed grizzly bears from considerable portions of their traditional habitat in B.C. Join the #SAVEBCBEARS movement as we continue to fight until we can finally say that grizzly bears in B.C. will no longer be hunted!!!


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We have been a bit quiet on our social media channels lately... Behind the scenes, @PacificWild has been gearing up to release an exciting new effort to bring awareness to the on-going grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia!

The more you learn about bear populations in B.C., the more appalling the idea of any form of grizzly hunting becomes - whether it is for their head, paws and hide, or for their meat. Tomorrow, on September 26th, we will be making this new initiative public and we are excited to call on YOU to help us #savebcbears.
Head to savebcbears.org (link in profile) to see how you can help in the meantime - in less than 24 hours the landing page will transform into the initiative we have been working hard on for months! To see what we have coming, stay tuned to this platform and subscribe to Pacific Wild. Please consider signing the petition and donating to our efforts.
All contributions will go towards our advocacy efforts, as we continue to fight until we can finally say that grizzly bears in B.C. will no longer be hunted.
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Exciting new release!! "A Bear’s Life" is the second children's book in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, after "Wolf Island". Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the #GreatBearRainforest. #ABearsLife uses stunning photographs by Pacific Wild's Executive Director, @iantmcallister, to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps. We have just released an @orcabookpublishers Author Feature on the writer Nicholas Read to our blog at pacificwild.org. Featuring captivating and intimate looks at the lives of wild bears, this book has been called "an easy pick for nonfiction animal collections". Books bought through Pacific Wild goes to our bear conservation efforts - link in profile or @ pacificwild.org/support-us

#youth #childrensbooks #kermode #spiritbear #bearcub #bear #blackbear #greatbearsea #learn #education #photography #bookstagram #bookshelf


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Around this time last month in August, the NDP government announced its move towards permanently closing grizzly trophy hunting by the end of November, but left the fall 2017 bear hunting season unchanged. The province will also still allow grizzlies to be hunted for their meat, provoking further controversy around the hunt in B.C. “This bear hunting season, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen will continue to monitor and implement the Coastal First Nations (CFN) trophy hunting ban, which has been in place since 2012,” said Bear Working Group member Chief Douglas Neasloss @neasloss, of the #Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation in a recent media release. Trophy hunting is closed in the #GreatBearRainforest under Indigenous Law: Last week we saw a nod of respect to this as the CFN @cfngbi and the Central Coast Bear Working Group applauded one B.C. resident hunter who surrendered their hunting tag to the #Heiltsuk Nation. “Thanks to this hunter who complied with Indigenous law, a life of a grizzly was spared," said @jesshousty, Heiltsuk tribal councillor and CFN board member, who received the surrendered permit. While this provincial move could signal changes for future grizzly bear management across other jurisdictions, this long-awaited ban needs to be made into a complete and total ban across the rest of the province in order to help protect the longevity of grizzly bear populations. Head to pacificwild.org to see how you can help today.

Photo by @iantmcallister #trophyfreebc #savebcbears #cndpoli #bcpoli #grizzlybear #grizzly


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The shifting political tides in the past year have opened a window of opportunity for changing the way that wildlife and their habitat are cared for in the Great Bear, both on land and in the sea. @PacificWild's challenge is to make the most of this time while we carry on our long-term public awareness and wildlife monitoring projects. Head to the link in our profile for our Autumn 2017 newsletter in which we summarize some of our current work as well as conservation issues that affect some of the species we love most: #bears, #wolves, and #salmon.
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Photo by @iantmcallister #savebcwolves #saveoursalmon #trophyfreeBC #stopthetrophyhunt #grizzly #wolf #seawolves #marineconservation #marineprotectedarea #greatbearlive #GreatBearSea #greatbearrainforest #heiltsuk #seashepard


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The B.C. Government and the Kirby Corporation are moving forward with a memorandum in the wake of the October 13th diesel spill last fall in Heiltsuk territory. Swipe for photos of the sunken tug Nathan E. Stewart, that was loaded with nearly 250,000 litres of diesel fuel.

Over 100,000 litres of that fuel and other pollutants were released into the surrounding waters known as "Gale Passage." But to the Heiltsuk, this area is called "Q’vúqvai" and is of extreme cultural significance.
Now, the community is moving forward with an impact assessment of their own in order to address this exclusionary approach. According to @thetyee article written by Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett and Council member Jaime Harris, the assessment will have three parts: a Western science component, a traditional knowledge component, and a health impact assessment. "For millennia, it has been the site of one our ancient tribal groups, the Q́vúqvaýáitx̌v; a home to ceremonial practices (past and present); and one of our richest harvest grounds". We support the Heiltsuk community as they work tirelessly to address this issue and restore the area back to its pristine state. The response to this spill and feigned "world class" response has far reaching implications and should serve as a warning to all B.C. residents with the proposed increase in tanker traffic on the coast of British Columbia.
Photos by @iantmcallister #bantankertraffic #lng #pnw #GreatBearSea #greatbearrainforest #nightmare #heiltsuk #heiltsukstrong #notankers #bcpoli #cndpoli


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Pacific Wild is a conservation voice dedicated to ensuring that the Great Bear Rainforest remains one of the Earth’s greatest cradles of biodiversity. We will be sending out our fall newsletter this week!! Sign up in the link upstairs 🔺to receive our cinematic expedition stories, special events, project highlights, photographs and more, straight to your inbox. 🌊🐻🐟🐺🐋🌲🐙
We have worked for over two decades to combat and bring attention to a number of threats to the region, including publicizing B.C.’s shameful grizzly bear trophy hunt, barbaric wolf management policies, forestry, fish farming and more, to show the global community what is at stake. In the upcoming newsletter, we reflect on some of the biggest changes in conservation over the last year in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, and what more must be done. Don’t miss it - sign up now!

Photo by @iantmcallister #savebcwolves #greatbearrainforest #bantrophyhunting #seawolves #bcpoli #pnw #salmon #saveoursalmon #GreatBearSea


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Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left BC’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Earlier this year, a BC government document revealed plans for a 2017 wolf cull expansion in a misguided attempt to save these caribou. Now, new research published in an academic journal is advocating for one particular solution: increase the hunting of deer and moose that are spreading across B.C. Researcher Robert Serrouya says logging activities, climate change and forest fires over the last 150 years have removed trees in B.C., replacing them with lighter shrubbery. That shrubbery is eaten by moose and deer, reports @CBC. As the shrubbery has grown, so too have those animals' populations while also spreading into caribou territory.

While the need to find new conservation solutions before these caribou herds disappear forever is essential, BC cannot continue ignoring the main drivers of caribou decline. Governments must stop making wildlife scapegoats for industries environmental devastation. Head to pacificwild.org or the link in our profile to learn more about how the BC government placed the blame on wolves, instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou.

Photo by @iantmcallister #savebcwolves #caribou #bcpoli #habitatdestruction #wolf


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Trophy hunting is not the only thing grizzly bears are up against in B.C. One of the most powerful, intelligent, slowest-reproducing, and farthest ranging land mammals is already under threat from B.C.'s wildfires and the decline of wild salmon stocks. In addition, many grizzly bears are still vulnerable to mining, clearcutting, and large-scale road building.
According to a new report from the Forest Practices Board, the government has placed an already threatened grizzly population at risk by not properly handling the risks posed by logging roads. "Government chose to rely on forest professionals and forest licensees to voluntarily reduce the amount of forestry road in the Kettle-Granby area, rather than making it a legal requirement, but that did not happen," board chair of Friends and Residents of the North Fork, Tim Ryan, said in a news release. "Government does not have a recovery strategy for this grizzly bear population and never completed its promised recovery plan work." We must keep the new NDP government accountable to ensure the situation changes.

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