APPROACHES TO MEET GOALS
Please rate the priority of each of the recommended approaches (Sections 9.1 to 9.9).
The objective for this section is unclear, which makes responding problematic. Stewardship is not defined in the draft Framework while “stewardship approaches” are poorly described or not described at all. However:
- From an animal welfare perspective, approaches 1, 2, 6, and 7 are of high priority with approach 8 not being a priority at all.
- From a conservation perspective, approaches 6, 1, and 8 are of high priority with approach 4 not being a priority at all.
- From an economic perspective, approach 9 is of high priority, holding far more economic potential than commercial hunting of grizzly bears.
- Approach 4 and 5 are problematic because they are difficult to carry out province-wide. Population inventory is possibly valid for a limited geographic area, but province-wide monitoring is near impossible.
Are there any aspects of grizzly bear stewardship that are missing from the list of approaches above?
Which aspects do you feel are missing?
Stewardship is not defined in the Framework and the questionnaire. Without a clear definition, it is unclear how “species and population stewardship” is an approach to stewardship.
Overall, do you agree that the Draft Framework does a good job of providing guidance to steward bears and their habitat at the territorial, regional, and local levels?
Disagree or strongly disagree.
Please describe how these approaches could be improved to better support territorial, regional and local decision making:
Please consider the below comments and choose what resonates with you.
- Integration and coordination are lacking, and that is part of the reason we disagree. With uncertain leadership, ongoing changes in personnel, and conflicting objectives and policies, institutions are as fragmented as the land is.
- It is unclear how much power Regional and sub-regional Wildlife Advisory Committees will exercise, how they will work alongside Indigenous-led processes, and if they will be harmonized across the Province.
- Devolving primary stewardship responsibilities to regional processes may fragment integrated conservation efforts necessary for the long-term persistence and recovery of free-ranging and self-sustaining grizzly bear populations, as well as potentially infringe on the rights and shared territory of neighbouring First Nations.