Wolf murder Canadian style continues as if it’s conservation

Mark Bekoff's second article in Psychology Today on how Canada blames wolves all the while destroying caribou habitat

Psychology Today

January 28, 2015

By Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.

The Canadian government plans to kill wolves once again to try to save woodland caribou. An earlier murder escapade in Alberta didn’t work (please see “Killing 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: Something’s Wrong“) and there’s no reason to assume this one will. Shooters even use previously collared “Judas” wolves to lead the killers to more wolves. Details about this murder escapade can be found in an essay called “Stop the Brutal Slaughter of Wolves in Alberta and B.C.” by Chris Genovali, Executive Director of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

In his excellent essay, Mr. Genovali writes: “This unscientific and unethical wolf cull is a consequence of oil and gas development, and industrial logging, which have endangered woodland caribou. The Alberta government and resource industries have transformed the caribou’s boreal habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive. Rather than address the real problem, i.e. the destruction of life sustaining caribou habitat, Alberta has chosen to scapegoat wolves, many of which are now using an extensive, industry-generated network of new roads and corridors to reach dwindling numbers of caribou.”

Raincoast senior scientist Paul Paquet notes, “Governments and the industries most accountable for the demise of Canada’s natural environment have perversely and consistently diverted responsibility and accountability to others, including grey wolves.”

Of course, there are also supporters of this premeditated slaughter…

To read the full article please visit the Psychology Today website.

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