UPDATE: Wolf kill numbers nearly double in 2016
Year two of five of the B.C. government’s tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is now complete, with the government announcing today their aerial snipers virtually doubled the body count.
In the South Selkirks and South Peace, nine and 154 wolves (respectively) were "removed" for a total of 163 -- up from 84 in 2015. The government estimates about 30 wolves survived the culling.
The government statement said they have protected “108,000 hectares of core caribou habitat in the area has been protected from logging and roadbuilding” in the Selkirk and restated their “goal” to protect “498,000 hectare of high-elevation winter range caribou habitat” but does not provide an update on their progress.
Their statement ends claiming “habitat recovery continues to be an important part of caribou recovery, but cannot address the critical needs of these herds in the short term” - and they’re right. Habitat protection - including active recovery and enforcement - is crucial, but it won't be effective unless the government actually cuts back the active habitat destruction in region.
Tragically, for wolves, caribou, and British Columbians alike, the government remains intent on killing wolves as a scape goat, even though scientists, academics, and advocates agree it won't bring back the caribou.
Take action. This inhumane, ineffective, and expensive kill program has to stop, and REAL habitat protection needs to start immediately. If you agree, please join us in telling the B.C. government to call off the cull.
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