Public comment deadline extended on wolf, bear hunting proposals

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VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbians now have until the end of the month to voice their thoughts on the proposed changes to wolf and bear hunting in the Peace Region.

The respective proposals call for removing the bag limit on wolves hunted during the open season, and for the range of authorizations to be increased for grizzly hunting.

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation has since criticized the government for their handling of the proposals, alleging their choice to announce these public comment periods during the busy holidays wasn’t a coincidence.

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‘The original timing of the province’s so-called public consultation period over the Christmas Holidays made it appear that they didn’t really want public feedback,” said Executive Director Chris Genovali. “However, we’re glad that they’ve extended the time period.”

Raincoast strongly opposes the provincial proposals in question, but does applaud the province for extending the period past the end of December, though without much of an announcement.

“In an ideal world, the Province would have announced this extension to the public, but since they’ve apparently decided not to do that, we’ll let the public know for them,” Genovali said.

Public comments will be gathered until Jan. 31, 2016.

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