Who shot 'Big Momma’?
Did one of interior B.C.'s favourite grizzly bears die following a Liberal government push to reopen the trophy hunt against 95% local opposition?
The "Big Momma" grizzly bear mother in the Chilcotin area of B.C.'s interior in 2010. Photo by John E. Marriot.
David Williams, the founder of a local non-profit, the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley, said the hunt's justification comes down to hunting votes for Liberals, including for the Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister in charge of the hunt.
"Minister Steve Thomson is a hunter, and is far too close to the guide outfitters. He’s not objective. He’s part of the problem,” said Williams.
"The idea of shooting [the grizzlies] is totally abhorrent. The grizzlies in the area are usually old, big and tough. [Hunters] don’t want that meat. They want the hide."
"If you want to talk dollars, a live bear is probably worth 10 times what a dead bear is. There’s a developing tourism industry, especially among First Nations," he added.