In a move enviros are cheering, British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh has decided to ban grizzly bear hunting in the province for the next three years while scientists determine just how many of the bears are left. Rick Smith of the International Fund for Animal Welfare gushed that “the government has stood up for good science and good conservation.” But hunter groups are infuriated, saying the moratorium will hurt the ability of outfitters to make a living. Conservationists estimate the remaining grizzly population in B.C. to be as low as 4,000; hunters put the number at closer to 16,000.
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