was shot and had parts removed was well-known to local hunters.
"There's not a lot of grizzly bears in this area. The ones we do have, we
feel strongly about protecting them and we don't want this to happen again," he
said on Tuesday. "We have to do something to make it attractive for anybody with
information to come forward."
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, four of the nine threatened grizzly
bear populations in B.C. reside near Pemberton. Conservation consultant Jeff
Gailus said fewer than 100 grizzly bears live in isolated units around
Pemberton, Squamish and Lillooet, making reproduction difficult.
"The fact that a bear is poached is a cause for concern because there aren't
very many bears moving back and forth, so it's really critical for bears that
are trying to move back and forth in the Pemberton area and Squamish and
Lillooet to be able to move without getting killed," he said. "It's hard enough
just with the cars on the highways, and the fact that sometimes grizzly bears
get into people's garbage and attractants and they meet an untimely death.
"Having poaching being an additional problem is quite
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