This legal filing comes on the heels of a new study published in the Journal of Biology and Conservation which found the government-sponsored kill program has had no detectable effect on reversing the decline of endangered caribou populations.
“Hundreds of wolves are being killed each year in the most horrific fashion, at tax-payer expense. It’s disheartening to learn that on top of our legal counsel finding grounds to prove this program is likely unlawful under B.C. law, there’s also now confirmation from a renowned academic publication that culling is having no positive impact for caribou recovery,” said Ian McAllister, Pacific Wild’s Executive Director. “We’re fully prepared to challenge the B.C. government in court on this matter.”
According to the research, the BC government-sponsored kill program is having virtually no detectable impact on reversing endangered caribou declines in the province. Researchers instead point out that habitat protection is the key to caribou survival. The BC government has spent millions of tax dollars over the past six years killing more than 1000 wolves. In this year alone, over 460 wolves have been brutally killed by aerial snipers and trappers.
Despite listing status through the federal Species At Risk Act, little has been done to protect old-growth caribou habitat as more than 900 square kilometres has been approved for logging. Rather than protecting this dwindling habitat, our government continues to blame wolves for caribou population declines.
Garnering this much support has been a long time coming. We’ve been working with our partners to spread the word about this issue and collect signatures since the current killing program was greenlit in 2015. Now we want to thank all of our wolf advocates for adding their voices to this issue and ask for continued engagement as we move forward. After all, there’s still much more work to be done.
Pacific Wild has issued a Cease and Desist letter for the cull to Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson. It’s time to put a stop to this cruel excuse for conservation and use taxpayer dollars for something useful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Wild’s ad campaign was made possible thanks to more than 1,200 Indiegogo supporters.
Over 60 Canadian and international signatories, including Pacific Wild, voice opposition in an open letter addressed to the B.C. Premier.
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