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.
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.
Help Raincoast continue our crucial work to protect BC’s wolves by donating today.
- Let elected representatives know how you feel (especially if they are your representatives)
- Locate your Member of Legislative Assembly and send your comments to them along with Premier Christy Clark, Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources and Mary Polak, the Minister of Environment.
- Copy your letter to us (your voices against the wolf cull)
- Phone, write or email your MLA contact list www.leg.bc.ca/mla/
- Sign the AVAAZ petition to stop the Alberta Wolf Cull
- Donate to build public awareness and opposition (through billboards & transit shelters)
Recent papers and reports
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.
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…
Wolf and caribou management backgrounder
Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet provides an overview on the fallacy of killing wolves to recover caribou…
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…
Population genetic structure of gray wolves in a marine archipelago…
Researchers find differences between BC’s coastal and mainland wolves. Published in BMC Ecology
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…
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…