Minister Steve Thomson defends new hunting allocation in op-ed

first_imgOn average, both resident hunters and outfitters produce a combined total of $350 million annually to the B.C. economy, according to Minister Thomson. Before making this claim, Minister Thomson also writes that “resident hunters continue to be recognized as having priority over non-resident hunters.”“It was for this reason that I revisited my December 2014 determination and found strategic ways to reduce the transfer of animals from 110 down to 60,” writes Minister Thomson.Minister Thomson says his policy’s priority is to have conservation at the top of the list, meet the needs of First Nations, and prioritize allocation to resident hunters.“Now that a decision is made, I am hopeful that resident hunters and the guide outfitter community can work together with government in support of these goals, which are supported by all hunters,” Minister Thomson concludes.Advertisement Under the new hunting allocation, an estimated 60 out of the 7,500 big game animals have been moved to guide outfitter hunts, according to Minister Thomson.“Regardless of this decision, resident hunters will continue to harvest about 92 per cent of the approximately 48,000 big game animals taken annually by hunters,” writes Minister Thomson.There are also a number of big game species not affected by the new allocation, which include mule deer, white-tailed deer, most rocky mountain elk, and black bear, according to Minister Thomson.- Advertisement -Minister Thomson says there are currently 102,000 resident hunters spread across the province – compared to 82,000 ten years ago.“Resident hunters make an important contribution towards the economy in this province by pursuing their passion for hunting and fishing, and it is anticipated this will continue,” says Minister Thomson.He is quick to defend the guide outfitter industry as well, claiming “out-of-province guide outfitter clients are some of the highest spending tourist per capita in British Columbia.”Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland: Michail Antonio strike leaves the Black Cats struggling

first_imgWest Ham United kept their faint hopes of Champions League qualification alive with a 1-0 victory over basement battlers Sunderland at Upton Park.The Black Cats, managed by former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, were the architects of their own downfall in east London as a Patrick van Aanholt mistake was punished by Michail Antonio in the first half.But the relegation threatened Wearsiders will have been buoyed by an otherwise decent defensive display as they snuffed out Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini for the majority of the match.West Ham, though, appear a little rusty and had it not been for some poor finishing could quite easily have lost the match.Prior to the match the talk was all about the returning Allardyce and the tactics he once deployed at the Boelyn Ground. And it was just ten seconds before the first long ball hurtled towards James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna in the Hammers defence, while within three minutes they’d already faced, and cleared, two corners as Sunderland went at their opponents.But Wahbi Khazri proved it wouldn’t just be an aerial threat which West Ham had to deal with, as he danced his way down the right flank before watching his cross clipped away from goal by Collins.The home side looked rusty, despite it being their opponents who were coming off the back of a two week break, but Vito Mannone produced a stunning save to deny a swerving drive from Mark Noble.Khazri then went close with a free-kick, which dropped onto the bar, after he’d come close to robbing Hammers goalkeeper Adrian who had decided, incorrectly, that juggling the ball in his six-yard box was a good idea.All Sunderland’s good defending was undone after 30 minutes, though, as Patrick van Aanholt failed to deal with Sam Byram’s aimless lob upfield, allowing Michail Antonio to weave his way into the box from the right before curling a daisycutter into the far corner, as Mannone failed to react.Jermain Defoe looked a lonely figure as another careless pass forward evaded his grasp, while at the opposite end Mannone skidded down to his left to palm an Antonio snapshot away from goal as he looked to stop matters getting worse for the Black Cats.After the break ex-Hammer Defoe spurned two excellent opportunities but hit them both wide of the target, although he was ruled offside following the second chance, while Van Aanholt failed to atone for his earlier error, blasting over when well placed.Sunderland looked the far brighter of the sides but Dame N’Doye wasted a free-kick after shoving Khrazi to one side, while Yann M’Vila’s curled strike from range failed to trouble Adrian.Bilic threw Andy Carroll and Victor Moses into the fray as he looked to curtail the visitors’ dominance but the Black Cats remained resurgent with substitute Jack Rodwell excellently denied by Adrian with 17 minutes left on the clock.Carroll nearly put the game beyond them moments later but his shinned volley from a Byram knockdown left the crossbar rattling, and as the game sprang to life, Rodwell saw a shot deflected over as West Ham fans held their breath.Allardyce’s side turned the screw again in the closing stages but could not produce the moment of magic needed to beat Adrian, who saved again from N’Doye to keep out Sunderland and leave them second from bottom. West Ham players celebrate Michail Antonio’s goal 1last_img read more