Shockey Blasts Canada Officials, Says He Warned Them About Grizzly Problem

Veteran hunting guide Jim Shockey blasted Canada officials for lack of action about a growing grizzly problem following the mauling death of a woman and her baby daughter.

Shockey Blasts Canada Officials, Says He Warned Them About Grizzly Problem

Veteran hunting guide Jim Shockey blasted Canada officials for lack of action about a growing grizzly problem following the mauling death of a woman and her baby daughter.

Shockey has cabins on Einarson Lake, about 400 kilometers northeast of Whitehorse and near the border of Yukon and Northwest Territories. He has trapped, hunted, guided and filmed his television shows in the area for years, including hunts for grizzly bears.

The remote, unspoiled area is where Valérie Théorêt, 37, and her daughter, Adele Roesholt, (pictured in photo abovewere killed by the bear on Monday, Nov. 26. Théorêt’s partner and the baby’s father, Gjermund Roesholt, was charged by a bear when he returned to the cabin Monday afternoon about 3 p.m. after running his trap lines. Roesholt was able to shoot and kill the bear. Officials say he then discovered the bodies. The couple and child had been at the cabin for about three months running the trap lines and enjoying time together.

In a long, detailed post on his Facebook page, Shockey told of his crew using rifle shots to scare away a grizzly that attempted to break into a cabin.

Jim Shockey

A few years back, you may remember, we aired an episode from this very same Einerson Lake, where one guide had to shoot and kill a grizzly bear as it tried to break into another guides cabin, obviously with the intent to kill and eat the person inside that cabin. The “Rest of the Story” is that my guides shot 17-times, the previous afternoon, around, over and beside that grizzly, trying to haze it away from the camp.

In spite of the fact that that bear was obviously a threat to humans, my guides did not shoot the bear itself, because they are law-abiding citizens and it would have been a serious violation of the Yukon Wildlife Regulations to kill the bear, without a direct threat to property or life.

Instead, my guides literally had to wait until the grizzly made its attempt to kill a human, before they could legally kill this problem bear. It is in essence, the “Rules of Engagement” that we are forced, by law, to live with in the wilderness areas of the Yukon and British Columbia. Rules of Engagement, that someone who has never faced a dangerous bear, wrote TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THAT GRIZZLY AND OTHER GRIZZLY BEARS, not to save the lives of the human beings living and working in remote areas.

Shockey said after that incident, and with his years of experience around the lake and with grizzlies, he "warned everyone who I could reach, that “We are facing a grizzly bear plague in British Columbia and the Yukon.”

And we informed the officials in charge of the highly regulated grizzly bear harvest quotas, that more grizzlies needed to be killed in the wilderness areas, particularly in that “Grizzly Bear Management Zone” that includes Einerson Lake. In fact, I predicted that someone was going to get hurt if something wasn’t done to deal with the grizzly bear plague.

Now this prediction has come to pass, in the most tragic way.

Was it preventable? I believe yes, absolutely, but I know I can’t say that, I can only say, yes, probably.

Shockey explained how the grizzly quota for hunters is, in his view, far too low for the 4000 square kilometer Grizzly Bear Management Zone that Einerson Lake. Without the limited number of grizzlies that may be killed each season and other restrictions, Shockey said he believes one of his Rogue River Outfitting clients might have been able to kill the bear that attacked and killed the mother and baby.

But Wait, There's More

Like two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson unleashing a bombing tee shot, Shockey did the same with those who in his word are "celebrating" the death of Théorêt and baby Adele.

Here is the part that really gets me angry. Right now, as I write this, there are people out there, who believe animals have rights and who are celebrating this horrific tragedy. They will say to each other, in their nasty little covens, that Valerie and Adele simply reaped what they sowed. This was a family of trappers, a family of hunters. They deserved what they got.

I am angered and outraged. So should every sentient human being be.

These same people will be out tomorrow, raising money to stop hunting around the world and they will lie to do so. They will “personify” wild animals, give them cute names and show out of context photos of suffering animals, and they will tell people that hunting is “inhumane” that hunters are evil. They will tell this to concerned citizens who are not aware of that hunting is in fact the best and only way to manage wildlife populations in many parts of the world. They will not mention that hunters are this world’s greatest stewards of wildlife. The will not talk about the billions of dollars hunters have spent to protect wildlife, to raise wildlife populations here in North America, to historic highs.

In their dark recesses, they will compose and send death threats to hunters and their families. They will bully and vilify young ladies who follow an outdoor lifestyle. And then in public, they will lie about the populations of grizzly bears. They will say they are “endangered” and they will pull at the heart strings of uninformed, caring people, who mostly live in urban centers far removed from the realities of grizzly bear management and conservation.

And as they cry…they will reach into these well-intentioned people’s pockets to finance their next anti-hunting project, NOT to actually use the funds to help wildlife populations thrive and increase as hunters have done.

This sickens me.

Shockey continues, and we recommend you read his entire post if you have Facebook. He presents logical, rational, reasoned arguments from the point of experience in the field and years of interaction with wild game. But that's not all, because as any serious hunter does, Shockey has studied wildlife, talked with biologists and experts, and gathered as much information as he can to end up with his opinions.

He explains how in British Columbia, hunting for bears has been prohibited due to social outcry. Similar to the decision in Wyoming, those in British Columbia are now left wondering what's going to happen. Shockey believes he knows, and finishes his post thusly:

So here is the question that I would really like answered. Who will be accountable when that tragedy happens in British Columbia? Who takes responsibility? Who will say, “Yes, we were warned, but we felt the horror this person or persons (in the case of Valerie and Adele) was simply the cost of doing business…the cost of us staying in power.”

What government official will stand up and say, “Yes, it was me. I’m the one who decided grizzly bear harvest quotas should remain low, in spite of the fact that I was warned far in advance, by the people who actually live and work in that area, that a tragedy such as has just happened to Valerie and Adele, was going to happen in that area.”

Will any government employee or elected politician stand up and say, “Yes, I was warned a tragic loss of life would result in my making this law, but I decided that it was in the better interests of the urban public I serve, to have more grizzly bears in the areas that rural people live and work.”

Who do we hold accountable?


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