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Activist Groups Take BC To Court Over Wolf Cull

Activist Groups Take BC To Court Over Wolf Cull

Two environmental groups Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society are teaming up to challenge BC’s controversial wolf cull program.

Despite a considerable amount of opposition from the public—the BC government launched a multi-year wolf kill program in January of 2015.

Even celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Pamela Anderson voiced their opinions on the matter, calling for the government to end the cull.

The program consists of using radio collars on the wolves in the spring so snipers in helicopters are able to track and kill them throughout the winter.

Ministry officials have estimated that the program will kill nearly 500 wolves in the South Peace and South Selkirk regions. The wolf cull program is anticipated to cost taxpayers approximately $2.2 million. It was established in an effort to save endangered mountain caribou.

“To date, the province has neglected to protect and restore sufficient habitat for endangered caribou,” said Ian McAllister, executive director of Pacific Wild. “We are asking the court to review whether, in the absence of sufficient, enforced habitat protection, culling wolves constitutes ‘proper wildlife management’.”

Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the cull constitutes proper wolf management.

The two groups have received backing from several conservation groups such as Humane Society International/Canada, the Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals, and the Wilderness Committee, just to name a few.

“The BC government is pandering to industrial interests, endangering the few remaining mountain caribou, and sacrificing wolves in the process,” said Gabriel Wildgen, campaign manager at Humane Society International/Canada. “We hope the court will rule in favour of BC’s wildlife and, in doing so, encourage the province to enact and enforce the habitat protections the caribou really need.”

 

 

Written by: Meagan Gill

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