Save B.C. Wolves

BC Government Commits to Killing 180 Wolves
– Declining caribou population blamed –

January 15th, 2015

Pacific Wild is condemning today’s announcement by the B.C. government to slaughter over 180 wolves by aerial shooting.

“After decades of destroying critical caribou habitat, dismantling the Forest Practices Code and gutting environmental oversight and protection, the BC government in a final desperate act of cruelty has declared a war on wolves.” said Ian McAllister, Conservation Director for Pacific Wild.  “When will this government learn that killing wolves will not bring endangered caribou back in the absence of habitat protection.” he further stated.

An unprecedented amount of submissions were made in response to the B.C. governments draft Wolf Management Plan in 2013 with the overwhelming majority opposed to government sponsored wolf killing.

Wolves are highly social and intelligent animals and research shows that predator kill programs increase reproductive rates in wolves and destabilizes pack structure causing more predation of livestock and other non-native prey.  It is the view of Pacific Wild that this announcement is scientifically unsound and that wolves are being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from the fundamental problem of ongoing habitat destruction and displacement caused by human encroachment.

“This is not management, it’s a tax-payer funded kill program of one of our most iconic species.” he further stated.   “This is not only a horrific day for wolves in British Columbia but a sad day for public engagement and policy that will surely bring international condemnation to our borders.”

Ian McAllister, Conservation Director – Pacific Wild

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Pacific Wild is a BC based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia.   www.pacificwild.org

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  1. #1 by Diana on January 25, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    Understand me, the slaughter of wolves is unnecessary. HOWEVER, in this medium sized city of London, 354,000 approx. , we have a very dangerous and difficult coyote problem. The numbers are out of balance, and just TODAY in a densely populated area was spotted a coyote trotting up to front doors, invading backyards, and generally posting a threat to the area. It was taped, broadcast on the 6:00 pm news today (Sun. eve) and it was invading all areas it wished, from the CTV van to the front doors of homes. I suggest that their numbers be culled before a child or pet is mauled, or heaven forbid, attacked, partially eaten alive, because that is what they can do. Very unfortunate to report this, but this particular coyote may have been cut off from his/her pack,and might be ill. So many interactions occur between sick animals and healthy humans, usually with negative outcome. People and wolves/coyotes don’t usually co-exist,

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