NEWS
02/15/2014 12:20 EST | Updated 04/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Save B.C. bears rally at legislature today

Hundreds are expected to gather on the lawn of the B.C. legislature today for a Save B.C. Bears rally following a Facebook campaign that organizers say has garnered more than 100 thousand views.

Event organizer Chelsea Turner says the event will use a social media app to live-stream tweets and text messages from around the province and project the messages on a large screen.

"This is an issue that really engages people," Turner said.  "It's something people want to talk about." 

Turner, who has been advocating for and filming bears since the age of 14, says the vast majority of British Columbians are opposed to hunting them for trophies.

"When the government doesn't reflect that, it's a travesty," she said. "Do we want our province to be branded as the best place on earth' or as a place to shoot iconic species?"

Turner says the vast majority of tourists come here to see live bears, not hunt them. 

B.C. Fish and Wildlife Director Andrew Wilson, said recently in response to these concerns, he's confident in how grizzly bears are managed and the government's own analysis, based on the best available science,  supports how government is managing the hunt..