Giordano Corlazzoli of Ucluelet’s run from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise awareness of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation campaign to end trophy hunting stopped into Campbell River Monday, Dec. 4. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Anti-trophy hunting run reaches central Vancouver Island

Giordano Corlazzoli’s run to raise funds for and awareness of Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s anti-trophy hunting campaign reached the half-way point on Monday.

Corlazzoli set off from Campbell River on Monday and expected to reach Courtenay later that day before continuging his Port Hardy to Victoria run. Averaging 30-40 kilometres a day, Corlazzoli said he feels good and appreciated the cold but sunny conditions his effort is experiencing these days.

Corlazzoli, who recently finished college, will run over 500 kilometres within two weeks from Port Hardy to Victoria in an effort to raise awareness on trophy hunting carnivores along the coast, including wolves, now that Grizzly bear hunting is banned.

He said he always wanted to try some epic run like this and a chance encounter with Raincoast Conservation Foundation gave him the inspiration and purpose for just such a run.

The foundation believes that buying out hunting licenses on the Central Coast outright may be the only solution to trophy hunting. The organization has bought three licences already.

Raincoast’s website says purchasing the remaining commercial tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest, coupled with the province’s ban on the grizzly hunt, is a significant step towards Raincoast’s goal of ending commercial trophy hunting of all coastal carnivores, including wolves.

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