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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.

Billboard Campaign

In response to the unscientific, unethical, and unwarranted wolf cull launched by the BC government in the name of caribou protection, Raincoast has initiated a billboard campaign to raise public awareness about this ill-conceived and inhumane policy. In April, Raincoast’s first wolf cull billboard went up on the Pat Bay Highway outside of Victoria. We’ve now extended our billboard campaign to Highway 99 in Vancouver.  With your help, we can expand this campaign in the lower mainland and onto BC Ferries.

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Further Information

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…

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Hunted wolves are under stress

Journal Paper: Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive steroids than wolves with lower hunting pressure…

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