The government of British Columbia has some good news and bad news for grizzly bears in the Canadian province: The good news is that hunters will no longer be able to kill them for sport. The bad news is that hunters will still be able to kill them for meat. Specifically, BC is outlawing the "trophy" hunting of grizzlies in the province, meaning that hunters can't kill the bears and leave with their heads, hides, or paws, reports the CBC. However, hunters who kill strictly for meat are still allowed to do so, provided they don't take those body parts. The new law doesn't spell out what the meat hunters should do with those items, but they'll need to leave them behind. The rule takes effect in November, at the end of this year's season.
"Society has come to the point in BC where they are no longer in favor of the grizzly bear trophy hunt," says Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson. "It is time." The meat loophole, though, has grizzly advocates a little worried because "virtually no one legitimately hunts grizzlies for food," says the director of a conversation group. "Killing these bears is strictly a trophy hunt." BC has about 15,000 bears, and hunters kill about 250 each year; the meat-versus-trophy breakdown of those 250 isn't clear. The government is expected to spell out more details on the logistics of the ban in the fall, notes CTV News. (Read more Canada stories.)