In 2015, citing the need to protect endangered caribou herds, the B.C. government launched a multi-year wolf kill program in the South Peace and South Selkirk regions, against the recommendations of independent scientists.
The government’s decision to scapegoat wolves for this precipitous southern mountain caribou decline is a failure to protect and restore the habitat required: old-growth forest that has been fragmented and destroyed by industrial logging, mineral development, oil and gas exploration and recreational activities such as snowmobiling and commercial heli-cat skiing. Ministry officials have stated over 700 wolves have been killed so far and will cost taxpayers approximately $2.2 million. The B.C. government is now on track to kill 1,000 wolves and we need your help to stop them. At Pacific Wild, we believe wolves deserve a voice, not a bullet. The protection and conservation of our wolves will always be a top priority for Pacific Wild.
A recently-leaked internal document dated Aug 22, 2019 has revealed the B.C. government’s intentions to expand the wolf cull program, targeting 80% of wolf populations in some areas. Pacific Wild rallies people from around the world to speak out against the cull expansion, nearly reaching 500,000 signatures on our #SaveBCWolves petition.
The government has turned a blind eye to rogue “wolf-killing contests” being held in the province’s interior and the recent 2019 bilateral draft agreement between the governments of Canada and B.C. does not reject the use of poisons such as strychnine nor killing pups in their dens.
The B.C. government approved 314 new logging cutblocks in the critical habitat of southern mountain caribou over the past five months, while simultaneously negotiating conservation plans to protect the highly endangered species.
“New survey of permits granted by province highlights incongruity between treatment of forestry companies and a critically imperilled species”
Since May 2018, the provincial government has approved 83 new logging cutblocks in critical habitat of B.C.’s eight most at-risk southern mountain caribou populations – the same eight herds that were singled out in May by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
B.C. government expands bighorn sheep hunting at the same time that it targets wolves to protect two herds
This decision is in direct conflict with the provincial wolf management plan which states that the government does not support predator control for the purpose of hunting ungulate populations.
Scientists criticize the province’s new Draft Caribou Recovery Program for failing to comply with legal obligations under the Species at Risk Act and ignoring the role of logging, mining, and oil and gas activities in caribou decline.
“Caribou are about to disappear completely from the contiguous United States — and the B.C. government is to blame”
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna declares that southern mountain caribou face “imminent threats.”
Pacific Wild takes over the streets of Vancouver for a second time with #SaveBCWolves billboards
Pacific Wild’s advocacy platforms see a surge in numbers: to date, 10,000 letters and over 350,000 signatures have been submitted to #SAVEBCWOLVES.
Government Proposes Extension Of Wolf Trapping On Vancouver Island
The B.C. government releases an unscientific regulation proposal to increase the trapping of coastal wolves on Vancouver Island, genetically-distinct from inland grey wolves, to 10 months out of the year.
Provinces are responsible for protecting a minimum of 65% of caribou habitat from disturbance. This provides merely a 60% chance of survival. The five-year federal deadline for nine Canadian provinces and territories to release their plans to conserve woodland caribou passed on Oct. 5, 2017. Not a single one met that deadline.
We rally the public to support restructuring the governance of B.C.’s “professional reliance” system, requesting that one of the steps forward addresses the societal, ecological and economic roles that healthy populations of wild wolves can fulfill.
Pacific Wild and dozens of organizations call for more transparent science-based decision making and denounce a plan to form a new independent wildlife management agency which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as wolf and caribou populations.
6,000 Letters Sent
Pacific Wild sends over 6,000 letters to the provincial government from around the globe calling for an end to the wolf cull. No response was received from the provincial government.
“When you come to appreciate individual wolves as personalities and as remarkable social animals, it becomes abhorrent to kill them for such dubious, pseudo-scientific reasons,” said Dr. John and Mary Theberge, senior wolf biologists who have run the longest, most intensive, telemetry-based wolf research program in Canada.
We join two dozen NGO’s in a collaborative media release responding to a provincial government document that admits the culling of wolves is inhumane, yet recommends expanding aerial gunning of wolves, along with increased hunting of mountain lions, moose and deer.
Legal case exposes B.C. government’s wilful negligence of duty to protect wildlife, ecosystems
An affidavit that is part of the Province’s response to Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society’s petition for a Judicial Review of the cull is released: Province admits there is not enough intact habitat left for endangered caribou herds in the South Peace.
Wildlife Defence League introduces the world to “A Judas Wolf Named Ghost”
Judas wolves like Ghost are fitted with GPS radio collars: once they have rejoined their pack mates, the pack is systematically gunned down and killed.
Backed by local and international groups, Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society challenge the legality of the wolf cull program.
Freedom of Information request filed by Wilderness Committee suggests the wolf cull was prompted by forest industry members opposed to giving up land leases for habitat protection efforts.
International condemnation builds as singer Miley Cyrus travels to B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest with Pacific Wild to speak out against the war on wolves.
#SaveBCWolves billboard advertisements hit the streets of Vancouver
Pacific Wild’s ad campaign was made possible thanks to more than 1,200 Indiegogo supporters.
173,400 people from around the world sign our #SaveBCWolves petition
Over 60 Canadian and international signatories, including Pacific Wild, voice opposition in an open letter addressed to the B.C. Premier.