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BC Wolf Management Plan Scapegoats Carnivores

January 10th 2013

Let Minister Steve Thomson (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) know how you feel about his ministry’s “Draft management plan for the Grey Wolf in BC.”

Here are some key points.  Contact info is below.

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  • It’s a deeply flawed plan with scientifically unsound and uninformed objectives.
  • The plan represents an exaggerated view of the impacts of wolves on livestock and hunting opportunities, while failing to consider the many ecological and economic benefits of having significant wolf populations in BC.
  • The plan identifies wolf conservation as important, but focuses almost exclusively on predator control.
  • The recommended strategies inappropriately conflate and confuse management of wolves with conservation of wolves.
  • The plan promotes contradictory strategies that include protection of wolf populations, hunting and trapping of wolf populations, control of wolf populations, protection of livestock on public lands, and culling of wolves to protect caribou.
  • Despite rhetoric about conservation, the main thrust is clearly predator control.  The goal is to reduce predator impacts on huntable species like moose, elk and deer, plus contribute to a presumed reduction in livestock conflicts. Any rational review of the impact of wolves on BC’s hunting opportunities, as well as livestock industry, would demonstrate that there is no “problem” in need of solving.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is strongly opposed to any increase in wolf hunting and/or trapping and recommends that BC revamp and reconsider the fundamental assumptions behind hunting predators.

More Details?

Download Province’s proposed wolf management plan

Download Raincoast comments on the proposed wolf plan

 

Write to:  Minister’s Office, Honourable Steve Thomson


PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt  Victoria, BC  V8W 9E2

Email:

Telephone: 250 387-6240  Fax: 250 387-1040

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “BC Wolf Management Plan Scapegoats Carnivores”

  1. Kelly Rosvold says:

    Hello,
    After having read a column you wrote in the Victoria newspaper about the Wolf Management Plan last month and then subsequently hearing about the opening of the wolf hunt in the Okanagan I began a petition on the the http://www.change.org website. ‘Stop the Wolf Slaughter in British Columbia Canada” petition is gathering steam and I am about to send the latest list of signatures to Steve Thomson. If there is some way you could inform your members about this petition I would be appreciative. The more pressure on this government the more chance of achieving some sort of rational change.

    Thank you.
    Mr. Kelly Rosvold
    Kelowna BC

  2. Misty MacDuffee says:

    Kelly we put the link on our facebook site and people were signing it. Thanks your for your efforts on behalf of wolves.
    There is another petition on our Facebook site about the neck snares in the Kootenays.

    Read more here
    http://www.raincoast.org/media/in-the-news/carnivores-in-the-news/wolves-in-the-news/bc-torturing-wolves/

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