Huckleberry win for bears: B.C. restricts harvesting to protect grizzlies’ food


Provincial authorities are proscribing industrial huckleberry harvesting in B.C.’s Kootenay-Boundary area to protect a important food provide for grizzly bears.

In a press release, the forests ministry stated wild huckleberry harvesting can be restricted in areas deemed “important foraging zones.”

The restrictions can be in place from July 15 till Oct. 15. Maps of the affected areas can be found on-line.

The ministry defines industrial harvesting as selecting greater than 10 litres per particular person per season; utilizing specialised instruments to accomplish that; and with the intention of promoting the berries.

The province says whereas huckleberry harvesting has historically been restricted in scope, rising industrial exercise has led to broken habitat and even conflicts with grizzlies.

In 2017, environmental group Wildsight and the Ktunaxa First Nation raised issues about industrial operations using dozens of individuals.

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