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Lethal wolf management

Wolves are blamed for the decline of prey populations, such as caribou, and have become government targets for ‘predator control’. These scientifically flawed and ethically unjustifiable actions reflect decisions designed to give the impression of concern for declining caribou herds.

Extensive research has shown that the destruction of old forests and wilderness areas from industrial intrusion are the real cause of caribou decline.  The most important component of caribou recovery is habitat quality.  The consequences to mountain and boreal caribou from logging, roading and fragmenting their habitat have been known for decades, yet BC and Alberta governments knowingly continued with those plans.  As these intrusions have intensified, wolves have become the scapegoat for decades of habitat loss caused by resource extraction and industrial activity in BC and Alberta.

Five reasons to oppose the wolf cull

Wolf & caribou briefing document 2015

RCF comments on BC Wolf Management Plan 2012

Management Plan for Humans 2012

Your voices against the wolf cull

 Recent papers and reports

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Poisoning Canada’s wolves with strychnine is unacceptable: journal comment

Raincoast scientists publish a comment in the Cambridge journal ‘Environmental Conservation’: the use of strychnine to poison wolves is unacceptable.

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Maintaining Ethical Standards during Conservation Crises

Raincoast scientists publish response to paper advocating Alberta’s wolf cull in the name of caribou recovery. It addresses the ethics and science of the approach and methods that were published in Canadian Journal of Zoology, November 2015…

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Wolf and caribou management backgrounder

Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet provides an overview on the fallacy of killing wolves to recover caribou…

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

New study shows hunted wolves under stress

Listen to Raincoast’s Dr. Chris Darimont discuss our study on the stress that hunting causes to wolves…

A wolf walks in the shallows, with a salmon in its mouth

Population genetic structure of gray wolves in a marine archipelago…

Researchers find differences between BC’s coastal and mainland wolves. Published in BMC Ecology

Wolf Updates

Journal of Mammalogy cover for research published on mismeasured risks of poaching due to bias.

Mismeasured mortality: correcting estimates of wolf poaching in the United States

This research tests and rejects the long-held idea that data lost when known animals disappear were unbiased, under conditions common to most, if not all, studies using marked animals. Published government estimates are affected by the biases discovered. And so government estimates of systemically underestimating risks of poaching…

Province quietly extends public consultation period on Peace Region grizzly and wolf hunt proposals

Press Release: BC government has extended its public feedback period to January 31, for proposals to increase trophy killing of wolves and grizzly bears…

Province extends public consultation on Peace Region grizzly & wolf hunt proposals

Public consultation on expanded grizzly and wolf hunts in the Peace Region has been extended until January 31, 2016…

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Raincoast speaks with CBC about province’s wildlife killing in the Peace

Raincoast’s Chris Darimont speaks with CBC about the Clark proposal to triple the number of grizzlies killed in the Peace and launch unlimited hunting of wolves…

Wolf hunting in Peace Region could have no limits, province proposes

Radio West/CBC News
B.C.’s Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations wants to remove limits how many wolves hunters can kill in the Peace Region and when…

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