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.