B.C. wolf cull will continue this year

Opposition groups put up billboard on TransCanada Highway

  • Sep. 24, 2015 11:00 a.m.
This billboard is on the TransCanada highway west of Golden.

This billboard is on the TransCanada highway west of Golden.

CAROLYN GRANT

The government of British Columbia will continue its controversial wolf cull this year with the intent of saving the dwindling herds of mountain caribou in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions.

It’s not a strategy with any guarantee of success but it gained the reluctant support of conservation group Wildsight last year.

“The short-term strategies to remove wolves may not ultimately lead to mountain caribou recovery,” wrote director John Bergenske in his blog.

“We recognize and accept that risk. But the wolves will come back, the caribou will not.”

However, opposition to the cull is mounting. Singer Miley Cyrus made a much publicized visit to B.C. last week to protest the wolf cull, and asked her millions of followers on Instagram to sign a petition against it.

Premier Christy Clark didn’t appreciate the act and told Cyrus to stick to singing. If the province needed advice on the singer’s signature dance move — twerking — they would ask, the Premier said.

Pamela Anderson has also spoken out against it.

Celebrities aside, however, there is opposition to the cull and it is getting a visible boost on the Trans Canada Highway.

With support and project sponsorship received from Animal Alliance of Canada, non-profit group Wolf Awareness has erected a billboard on the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Golden.

“The billboard is intended to bring exposure to BC’s aerial gunning experiment and lackadaisical hunting and trapping regulations, alerting visitors and residents alike to the mistreatment of this highly intelligent and social species,” said Sadie Parr from Wolf Awareness Inc.

“Through the Freedom of Information process, Wolf Awareness president Gary Allan has revealed that the province’s  plans to kill wolves on a large scale surrounding the South Peace and South Selkirk caribou herds will last for a minimum of five years.  Further information gained through the FOIP confirmed the pre-determined agenda of the recently released provincial wolf management plan (April 17, 2014) to legitimize the systematic killing of wolves, validating massive concerns raised during the public comment period.  Within a week of releasing the new management plan, there were aircrafts searching for wolves to gun down.  Wolf Awareness also revealed the experimental nature of the plan to kill this apex predator under the guise of caribou conservation, as recently admitted by assistant Deputy Minister Tom Ethier in public statements.”

Ethier did state publicly that the efficacy of the wolf cull in protecting mountain caribou wasn’t certain. The government was still trying to figure out if it will work, he said.

Parr has strong words for that strategy.

“Many wolf biologists argue that allowing wolves to express their natural social behaviour benefits the wider ecosystem as well as wolves.  The BC government wants to kill wolves for sport, to appease ranchers, and under the pretense of recovering an endangered species that has little habitat left.”

“Habitat recovery continues to be an important part of caribou recovery, but cannot address the critical needs of these herds in the short term,” said the government in a statement last spring.

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Supporters — and shoppers — lined up waiting at the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store on 8th Avenue South, waiting for the doors to open on the store's first day of operations since the pandemic forced its closure. (Photo courtesy Kate Fox)
CHCA Thrift Store re-opens in Cranbrook

After a closure of 15 months, due to the pandemic, the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store on 8th Avenue South has once again opened its doors for business.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read