Earlier this summer, Pacific Wild spent two full days in court. Our hearing challenged the legalities surrounding the killing of wolves in British Columbia by the provincial government. The case has made some headway and the judge is engaged. While court time was originally set for only two days, the judge has deemed that at least three more days in court are required. These dates are now set for October 27-29, 2021.
The B.C. wolf cull is a government-sponsored program implemented to protect endangered caribou. However, killing wolves is not the solution. We know the root cause of caribou declines is human interference with the natural environment.
The wolf cull has been taking place since 2015, with approximately 1,400 wolves killed since the program began. In our view, the authority to cull wolves by aircraft has been inappropriately given to regional managers under current Wildlife Act regulations. The majority of wolf killings have occurred via civilians (contracted by the government) shooting from helicopters which we say also breaks federal aviation laws.