It’s been a week since we learned that Scarface was shot and killed, and our emotions alternate between shock, sadness, anger and a profound sense of loss.
There is still so much that is unknown and we can only hope that a passionate citizenry and an inquisitive media will eventually find the answers we all seek. Those answers will undoubtedly lead to more questions, but, more importantly, we must demand that they also lead to changes.
Yet as we wait for news, there is something positive we can do to uphold Scarface’s memory: Stand up for all grizzlies.
In Canada, there is an urgent need to expanded sanctuaries, including the creation of a national park in BC’s Flathead Valley and the implementation of wildlife corridors in our section of the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region. And we must address the BC grizzly bear trophy hunt. (Flathead Wild | Yellowstone to Yukon | Pacific Wild)
Urgently, in the United States, plans are moving ahead to delist the great bear from the endangered species list and those plans will lead to trophy hunting a population that is genetically isolated and, clearly, still susceptible to conflicts with people (Grizzly Bears are Still Endangered).
Please, if you choose to do anything to honour Scarface, choose to make your voice heard by May 10th to stop the de-listing of grizzlies in the Lower 48: http://1.usa.gov/1SMydLC.
As we’ve written before, we’re not anti-hunting or anti-development. For each issue mentioned above, we do believe we can achieve a balance between the needs of people and nature. But when arbitrary deadlines are created to force through politically expedient decisions, we all lose.
If we’re successful in stopping de-listing in the United States and are able to create the space to discuss the concept of sanctuaries and corridors in Canada, we’re hopeful that all sides will have the breathing room to come up with a plan that will unite, rather than divide. After all, the only true policy success is the one that is politically sustainable. And the zero-sum options being presented as the only options will never endure. But if we work together, as the campaign to save the spirit bear proved, anything is possible.
Nothing will bring back our beloved Scarface, but we can still do right by the many bears he fathered and all of the bears that shared the landscape he once roamed.
Simon & Jill