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We believe that BC’s wolf kill program is unwarranted, inhumane and unethical. We need to know if you think so too.
Hundreds of wolves have been shot from helicopters in British Columbia since the province launched the cull in 2015 to protect declining caribou populations, which have been severely reduced due to HABITAT LOSS. Yet the B.C Government has allowed LOGGING, MINING, GAS AND OIL DEVELOPMENT. This is what is destroying critical caribou habitat! Since it takes hundreds of years to establish an adequate biomass of tree lichen to sustain mountain caribou populations, deforestation is a major factor in the decline of caribou numbers.
So basically the killing of hundreds of wolves (thousands over the long term) is being used as a substitute for habitat protection. The wolves suffer agonizing deaths! It is abhorrent and unfair! The B.C Government must set much larger areas of critical caribou habitat OFF LIMITS to industrial activity and recreational vehicles or the woodland caribou or they will continue to decline. Now the Government want to kill even more wolves! STOP BLAMING THE WOLVES! L.G
- The real culprit driving caribou to extinction is habitat loss.
- The BC government knowingly allows this to happen by inviting logging, access roads and motorized recreational activities into critical caribou habitat.
- Aerial gunning and strangling neck snares are equally inhumane.
- It is nearly impossible to deliver a lethal shot to an animal that’s being chased by a helicopter.
- Wolves caught in snares suffer too – their very physiology and the many uncontrollable conditions in the field result in severe injuries that last from several hours to days. No animal should have to experience such agony.
- Wolves are inherently and intrinsically valuable.
- Killing hundreds of one species to benefit a few of another is unethical.
There is a lack of scientific evidence that wolf kill programs increase caribou populations.
- In fact, killing wolves and other predators over a prolonged period has major ecological repercussions, negatively impacting both plants and animals in the ecosystem.