While the cancellation of the Grizzly Bear Hunt by the NDP Government has been hailed as a victory by environmentalists, not everyone is happy with the decision. Some Indigenous communities in the province relied on the income; a single hunt often totalled tens of thousands of dollars in revenue for communities with few options for economic development. For these communities, the issue has not been one of conservation versus decimation but of lost livelihoods and uncertain futures.  In a community where unemployment hovers around 30 percent, Nisga’a Guide Outfitting represents an alternative future and annual income. The grizzly hunt had represented about half of Nisga’a Guide Outfitters annual profits or about $250,000 of revenue depending on the quota of bears allowed each year. For guide outfitters that will lose their grizzly quotas, the NDP has made no promise of financial compensation. In the wake of its speed to enact the ban, the provincial government failed to provide meaningful alternatives to spur economic development in remote communities that have long relied on income from hunting grizzlies. While eco-tourism may be an option in the Great Bear Rainforest it is less likely in the rest of the province where the terrain is remote and mountainous and less hospitable than the coastal regions.

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