Last week, the government disputed claims made by Wildlife Defence League that the wolf cull is being executed more inhumanely than previously understood. On Monday, a Forests, Lands and Natural Resources spokesperson denied the use of a “Judas wolf” during their culls. In response, today Wildlife Defence League is releasing part of a field interview they conducted while researching the cull and caribou habitat protection last month.
“Is the government being dishonest with the public, who are footing the bill for this slaughter? Or are they just out of touch with the reality of their kill program?” said Tommy Knowles, Campaign Director of Wildlife Defence League, “Whatever the case, we need to get to the bottom of it, and request that the government clarify what tactics are really being used in the cull.”
The government insists its wolf cull is humane by veterinary standards, but details revealed by the source, who states in the recording that he works for the Mountain Caribou Recovery Project, suggest otherwise. In the recordings, the source explains the radio-collared wolf is left to live after his pack has been killed. (Clip #5.) He also explains that within a few months the collared wolf will have packed up with another two or three wolves (Clip #4) who will then be “taken out” (Clip #5).
Wildlife Defence League was in the South Selkirk researching and documenting the cull and caribou habitat protection. While in the field they spoke with individuals with direct ties to the wolf cull and caribou recovery programs.
Tommy Knowles (available from 6am-10:30am and 7pm-10pm PST)
Campaign Director, Wildlife Defence League
Transcript of all five recordings available below.
Links to the recordings:
CLIP 1: On working with the caribou recovery program
CLIP 2: On how wolves are collared
CLIP 3: On how the GPS collars are used
CLIP 4: On the Judas wolf
CLIP 5: On “taking them out” once Judas wolf packs up
Press release from Thursday, Feb 18
Government response as reported by National Observer
TRANSCRIPTS OF RECORDINGS