Grizzly Bear Baiter in British Columbia

Grizzly bear smooching in British Columbia, Canada

The sorry saga of the selfish and illegal killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe is hogging the world’s attention on social media at the moment, as absolutely every aspect of this sad story is offensive, particularly the luring of Cecil out of the relative protection of a national park with the express intention of slaughtering him for a trophy.

One can only hope that the purpose of Cecil the Lion in this world was to teach society about respect for animals and to expose the cruel savagery of sport hunting, trophy hunting, and canned hunting. This sorry saga will certainly go a long way towards uniting society against those who play a part in its continuance.

British Columbians are amongst those that are outraged at this mindless savagery, but we need to clean up our own backyard before we point fingers, as many of the offenses committed by the dentist occur right here in our wonderful province. Let’s clean it up before social media decide to move off Africa and lock on to the next offending hunting destination.

Martin Thomas received the Leland Award, recognizing ‘guide professionalism’, from the Guide Outfitters Association of BC (GOABC) in March this year. GOABC selected this man two weeks after charges were laid against him for the incident in Northern BC in September 2012. Just four months after receiving this recognition, Thomas was found guilty of hunting a grizzly bear using bait. The bear was subsequently stuffed and mounted for his American client. If this is how the ‘top hunting guide for 2015’ does business, one shudders to think what the ‘bottom’ guides are up to.

Grizzly bear and cubs in British Columbia, Canada

Wild animals stand little to no chance against determined hunters with high-powered rifles and scopes that could spot a moose on the moon, so to lure these beautiful unsuspecting animals to their death with meat is simply beyond comprehension for the average person that is proud of our forests, oceans, and grasslands, and the magnificent wildlife that lives here.

When will our government grasp the reality that the viewing of wildlife in BC is a sustainable ecotourism industry that allows wildlife to be appreciated for years and years. How many tourism dollars were generated from visitors paying to see and photograph Cecil the Lion? Grizzly bears have the same draw – for those that respect and appreciate these animals – so the destruction of the grizzly by Thomas directly impacted the livelihood of many in the local hospitality and travel industry. How could you forsake that potential to cater to a wealthy client’s unfathomable thrill derived from killing an animal!

The moratorium on the killing of grizzly bears was lifted by the BC Liberal government shortly after they trounced the NDP in the 2001 provincial election. Since then, scientists, conservationists, the guiding industry, and evolved people have debated the subject to death – because that’s what it’s actually about – but there will be no movement on grizzly kills until there is a change of government in BC.

Perhaps a future government will also want to reconsider our nasty and controversial practice of killing wolves from helicopters because of the dwindling herds of endangered caribou whose habitat has been decimated by logging and the resource-extraction industry. Their plan for 2015 was to kill 200 wolves in the South Selkirk Mountains and the South Peace region of British Columbia.

The good news is that for those who derive their summer thrills from hiking, camping, boating, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures, British Columbia is still as magnificent as ever, so come and visit, especially while the Canadian Dollar exchange rate is so favourable to foreign visitors.

Information on Bear Viewing Tours in British Columbia.

By |2019-01-15T14:26:15+00:00July 31st, 2015|Popular, Top Stories, Wildlife|11 Comments


  1. Bill Smith January 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    That is really sad about the bears, but the Trouncing of the NDP is always a great event!!

  2. Brandon Wynn May 3, 2016 at 4:08 am - Reply

    If the wildlife is so valuable to the ecotourism industry and the public at large, why do you not pay one cent for the management and restoration of wildlife? Hunters pay every penny that is spent to manage and conserve wildlife. Without hunters there would be no wildlife for no hunters to view. You should be thanking hunters, not disparaging them. Hunters are absolutely the greatest conservationist. When it comes to wildlife hunters are the only conservationists.

    • Ernie April 2, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      The funds hunters pay does very little to help the conservation efforts, lobbyists, researcher and taxpayers do. Guided hunts are very expensive and the guides pocket most of the money. These hunters (most of them) don’t give a hoot about anything else than being able to shoot something to brag about. Big money tend to cloud the ethical values of some of these guides and the hunter, making it more of a right than a privilege. I personally know of a guide in my hometown area that has been charges more than once for violating the act and regs. He gets a small fine in comparison to the fees he receives and away they go. Your statements about hunters being conservationists only comes true where culling and reducing predators is needed. If thinking hunters are great for saving the wildlife why do they have to reintroduce animals back into areas that have been hunted to the point that these animals no longer exist? Defend this all you may with personal challenge and deformation but I won’t be back.

      • Michael Chiodi July 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        Not in the states it is the primary reason there is habitat and food sources for all means of wildlife. Typical BS propaganda from some socialist. I do not hunt any more, seldom fish but when i have it is always on a limited basis. In the US at the turn of the century 20th that is in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky the wild deer population was down to less than 20 or thirty thousand in each state. Today strictly due to the fees imposed on hunters those same deer as a plentiful as rats ,literally, populations of well over 600 thousand ion each of those states I know because i supported through funds generated by the state hunting fees I set aside HALF of our corn crop at least once. Do Not Blame hunters and fishermen or Ducks unlimited they are the PRIMARY reason for the reintroduction of other species as well.

  3. Bronwyn Nand May 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Funny one Brandon LOL. That line is straight out of the NRA playbook and has no basis in fact whatsoever. Good try though 🙂

    • Brandon Wynn September 26, 2016 at 6:06 am - Reply

      Your reply is straight out of the lib talking point playbook and shows how thoroughly ignorant you are of the issue and point I make. The NRA doesn’t have much to do with wildlife conservation issues at all. We are talking about wildlife conversation and hunting, not gun rights. Since you have no knowledge about the actual issues and the point I make is factually correct and unassailable you would have been better off staying silent than exposing your uniformed and biased ignorance. Poor try though.

  4. charley horse July 24, 2016 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I think hunting the hunters would be good sport. Much more challenging than blowing away some dumb bear. Then you could stuff and mount the flabby overweight dentist from Minneapolis, in all his chic hunting togs. That would look very cool in the corner of the den.

  5. Dave August 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    The fact is “hunters are the ones footing the bill for wildlife conservation”. No matter how many times that’s been pointed out, it has, and always will be denied by conservationist. I personally don’t do trophy hunting. I do hunt for food. Management through hunting , trophy or otherwise is a lot better for the animals then the miserable death they face from predators or starvation and disease. Predators also die miserably once they have decimated their food source. To say that Brandon’s comment is straight out of the NRA’s playbook is crazy. Understandably you love animals and that’s a good thing. Hunters love animals too. Not just for hunting. We appreciate viewing them in their habitat. We also know the true reality, that these creatures suffer if not managed properly through hunting or predator control. Hunters also spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year, adding to Government coffers and private business. And yes, not every hunter is ethical but 99% are.

    • Scott October 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      I see this is outdated…..but this comment is for you, Dave. There such a thing as an ecological balance where predator and prey numbers are adequate to maintain both populations. You can indeed reach a point where there are too many predators and they exhaust their prey, which leads to a collapse in the predator population. From there, both populations regrow in a more balanced fashion until the next upset in the ecological balance.

      The idea that hunters are somehow responsible for keeping these numbers in check is ridiculous, man! This is only possible in a cull situation where an animal has reached pest status like rabbits, or deer in some cases. Over 2 billion years of life evolving on this planet with complex predator/prey relationships means that the hunters’ impact in the way you suggest is just not factual. It is true that we humans have upset the balance with the development of our cities, deforestation, road construction and yes, you guessed it, over-hunting. Among other things, to be sure.

      Anyways….Glad to get that off my chest, even if this is never read again. But, to give credit where it’s due, I do appreciate hunting for food. I don’t do it myself, but I have had the privilege of eating wild meat and I would much prefer it to factory farmed anything.

  6. charmaine campbell July 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    In Nature, the natural order the weakest are always taken out by predators. Human hunters always take the strongest and the best which is the reverse. It already is noticeable with the bighorn sheep. Grizzly populations have plummeted since the European arrival including many other species, some are extinct. The passenger pigeon is one example, buffalo another.and they are still being culled yearly at Yellowstone. Conservation came about when the Great Auk was killed off the last remaining pair were clubbed to death and their eggs smashed by collectors. The stellar sea lion is gone, the large whales such as the right whale may become extinct. the prairie fox may just be hanging on and the prairie chicken is extirpated. there is a long list of casualties due to man’s persistence disregard for the value of life except to slaughter it. The natural predator of black bears is the grizzly.

  7. Sharron November 29, 2018 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Martin Thomas should have the reward rescinded and his guiding license revoked for 12 months. Shooting animals is bad enough, but baiting them to kill them is disgusting. Don’t let this man get away with that.

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