As a guest on the Nerdy About Nature podcast, I sat among the trees with Ross Reid to discuss all things wolves. In this conversation, we explored a diversity of topics from my career background and efforts directing Raincoast’s Wolf Conservation Program, to the social lives of wolves and the profound role they play in functioning ecosystems.
Ross and I also delve into BC’s controversial wolf cull, a government-sanctioned program that traps, hunts, and shoots hundreds of wolves from low-flying aircraft every winter. As the government continues to scapegoat wolves, commercial logging and fossil-fuel industries continue to transform areas of woodland caribou habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive.
A central thread throughout our conversation is the concept of conservation ethics and how it relates to wolf conservation and traditional wildlife management practices. This includes Raincoast’s wildlife welfare ethic, which advances the need to apply animal welfare principles to wildlife, a notion that is disregarded in the mass killing of predators under the guise of caribou protection. These principles also apply to methods of wildlife study, and although Raincoast practices minimally invasive research, everything we do has an effect, which is why seeking continual assessment and improvement of our research practices in terms of methods, data, and ethics is essential.
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