Take action to protect B.C.'s wolves
Your help is still needed!After B.C.’s draft wolf management plan was released in 2012, over 3000 comments were submitted, an unprecedented number with the overwhelming majority opposed to the government-sanctioned killing that the plan supported. Many of these comments came from Pacific Wild supporters and contacts. Thank you for taking the time to help protect these highly social and threatened icons of wilderness.
Thus far, the B.C. government has done nothing to address public concern over the plan, and still refuses to submit the draft management plan for scientific peer-review. Instead, various kill programs have been opened on a regional basis where widespread opposition is more difficult to mount, and wolf-killing is at an all-time high. As trapping and hunting seasons have re-opened this fall, further ‘population management’ measures have taken precedence over the ethical and ecological issues surrounding wolf-killing in our province.
The official plan is due for on-line release in the near future.
Please contact Honourable Ministers Steve Thomson and Mary Polak, as well as the other responsible officials listed below, to express your continued opposition to the proposed plan for wolf management in B.C., and to demand a formal scientific peer-review process - that includes ethical and ecological issues- for any plan that is put forward.
Changes are needed on many fronts to the way in which wolves and wolf habitat are managed in B.C. The following are some points to consider in your communications.
Write a letter today! 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.
- 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.
CLICK HERE to view the FULL DRAFT of the Wolf Management Plan (PDF)
Be sure to cc. your letters to Premier Christy Clark, your MLA, your newspaper of choice, and to us at email@example.com.
|Tom Ethier, Assistant Deputy Minister Resource Stewardship Division
Hon. Bill Bennet--Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
(the ministry responsible for B.C. gaming)
Tel: (250) 387-5896
Fax: (250) 356-2965
WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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
Fax: 250 387-1040
Over the past year Pacific Wild helped expose the shameful “wolf kill contest” that was held in Fort St. John last winter. Prizes were offered for the largest and smallest wolves killed, among other incentives to kill off wolves in the region.
The good news is that as we were preparing a legal challenge against the B.C. government and contest organizers, with the support of West Coast Environmental Law, the contest was quietly cancelled. However, this contest and others like it are still occurring outside the public eye and with the support of our government. More national and international exposure is necessary to end this cruel, unethical and scientifically flawed “population management tool.”
Through education, policy-making, and public support, we can continue to raise awareness for the need to protect, not persecute, British Columbia’s wolves.
We can't do this alone. We need your support. Please consider making a contribution to support our ongoing work to protect wolves.