Save B.C. Wolves
The B.C. government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations. The proposal states that that they are basing the decision on anecdotal information and not on science or any reliable data. The plan is to increase the legal trapping season to 10 months out of the year. "Because of the high costs and challenges with wolf inventory, and their low conservation concern status, limited wolf inventory has been conducted in B.C." The fact is that the last cursory population estimate on wolves was in 1994. The B.C. government is still not recognizing the coastal wolves of Vancouver Island as genetically distinct and globally rare, nor the highly social nature of these family groups or packs. Leg hold traps are inhumane, cruel and should be banned.
The B.C. Wolf Management Plan is in desperate need of an overhaul, and the wolf cull program is arguably its most ecologically, economically, and ethically offensive element. Our current goal is to stop the wolf cull from happening again this winter and to resist on-going efforts to escalate the persecution of wolves across the province. Together we can stop this kill program and get wolves the protection and respect they deserve as top predators. Help us fight for the wolves' right to live by taking an action, or making a donation today.
Help stop the wolf cull
January 19, 2018: Public comment period deadline. Let the Fish and Wildlife Branch know you oppose the NDP government proposal to lengthen the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island.
March 26, 2017: Public comment period deadline. Last day to submit public comment on Protection Study for Southern Mountain Caribou (Central Group) in BC, intended to inform provincial and federal decision-making with respect to the ongoing protection and recovery of southern mountain caribou populations and their critical habitat.
February 24, 2017: Governments of Canada and of British Columbia conclude study on protection of southern mountain caribou. Read the news here.
January 20, 2017: BC government admits culling of wolves is inhumane, yet still considers cull expansion. Read the news here.
August 24, 2016: More critical habitat destruction in the South Peace allowed by the NEB. Read the news here.
May 16, 2016: Province admits there is not enough intact habitat left for endangered caribou herds in the South Peace: From the press release: The submission, which included several other official documents as evidence, reveals the responsible Ministers were fully aware of the impact of habitat destruction on caribou herds for decades, yet continued to permit industrial development. Read more here.
May 16, 2016: Legal case exposes B.C. government’s wilful negligence of duty to protect wildlife, ecosystems: In an affidavit submitted to the B.C. Supreme Court, the government of British Columbia admits it allowed industrial development to destroy and fragment so much mountain caribou habitat in the South Peace region that caribou can no longer survive as they did for thousands of years. Read our blog for more background on the legal case.
May 4, 2016: 163 wolves killed during 2016 wolf cull; 73 wolves were killed in 2015 in South Peace. Article by Mike Carter for the Dawson Creek Mirror.
May 3, 2016: 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. Read our blog post.
February 1, 2016: BC government delivers flawed consultation amidst moves to increase trophy hunting in 2016: Ignoring the fact that 95% of British Columbians oppose any kind of trophy hunt, the B.C. government quietly released a number of proposals for public input in early December 2015 that, if passed, would significantly escalate the trophy hunt of bears and wolves. The public input process for these proposals was fraught with technical glitches, but thousands of citizens persevered to register their oppostion. Read more here.
January 20, 2016: Courts asked to rule on B.C.'s controversial wolf cull: Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the provincial government’s decision to cull wolves reasonably constitutes proper management of wolves. Click here for more information.
December 23, 2015: Wildlife culling named one of top 3 news stories of 2015: Pacific Wild’s work engaging the media paid off big time this year, with public, academic, and celebrity outrage over the B.C. government's treatment of our wildlife one of the top 3 stories in B.C. news in 2015. Here’s hoping in 2016 the government can be persuaded to listen to the countless individuals, media outlets, and organizations trying to get through to them.
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