Take action to protect B.C.'s wolves
Wolf Hunting season re-opened on August 1st in British Columbia.
It is legal to kill wolves even inside of Parks and Recreational Areas. The new wolf pups that we have been observing being raised can legally be killed. With the recent release of the 2014 Wolf Management Plan, a shocking step backwards from the previous 1979 plan, wolves are in trouble in BC. In 2009/10, approximately 1,400 wolves were reported killed; the highest mortality rate since 1976. With the Government basing this new management plan around large unknowns of the wolf population, we are gambling with the future of our wild wolves.
British Columbia has made it clear that it prefers the extirpation and barbaric killing of one of the most intelligent and social animals on our planet.
For more information, take time to read the following:
GARY R. ALLAN and BRAD HILL, July 25 2014. The Tyee
We've made it easy for you by pulling together a draft letter, including the points below, which you can edit, sign and send to the appropriate ministers. Simply click here.
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- Helicopter killing and sterilization must be stopped.
- Leghold traps, snares, and baiting must be banned.
- Return to former species license, quotas, bag limits, restricted seasons, and mandatory reporting of kills for hunting wolves.
- The social bonds of wolf packs have been ignored in the draft plan. When individuals are killed, the entire pack is affected, potentially creating more breeding pairs and social chaos. A provincial management plan should consider the social stability of packs to ensure long-term conservation.
- Wolf-cull and sterilization programs designed to protect mountain caribou populations have failed and must be stopped. By their own reports, caribou population declines are mainly caused by habitat loss, as well as snowmobiling and heli-skiing in winter habitat. Demand a stop to logging of old-growth forest in mountain caribou range, an enforced ban on snowmobiles from winter range, and the complete destruction of roads in caribou range to prevent easy access by predators.
- Government programs for compensation for livestock losses to wild predators should be continued.
- The government should commit to reduce conflicts through prevention measures including education initiatives and incentives for responsible husbandry practices such as fencing, guard dogs, shepherds, etc.
- The province needs an adequately-funded Conservation Officer Service that is not partnered with vested interests such as ranchers.
- Large tracts of habitat should be set aside for multiple wolf packs and their prey, with no hunting or trapping allowed, so that wolves can develop natural packs and behaviour. This will provide benchmarks for scientific research and areas where people can watch wolves.
Be sure to cc. your letters to Premier Christy Clark, your MLA, your newspaper of choice, and to us at email@example.com.
Hon. Mary Polak - Minister of the Environment
Phone: 250 387-1187
|Hon. Steve Thomson--Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
PO BOX 9049 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2
|NDP MLA Norm MacDonald
Official Opposition Critic for the Environment
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
|Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4