Another concern has to do with the nation's ecotourism, which Housty feels bear hunting hurts. (No, but bear poaching does.) B.C. Minister of Forests Steve Thomson disagrees. Thomas told CBCNews that the hunting industry contributes about $350 million to the province annually and is an important part of B.C.'s heritage. He added that over 58 percent of the nation's lands are already closed to grizzly hunting.