Caribou Being Logged to Extinction

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Federally-mapped, core critical habitat for endangered mountain caribou is being decimated by logging and other forms of industrial activity.

We spent time in the field with the Wilderness Committee to document and expose logging in the territory of the Wells Gray caribou herd.

Take action today to stand up for endangered mountain caribou!

ATTENTION CANADIAN RESIDENTS:

With a federal election only weeks away, we’re encouraging our supporters to ask candidates in their riding what their position is on mountain caribou recovery in British Columbia. Time is running out for the species and it’s important our elected officials take action.

SEND A LETTER:

To the Premier of British Columbia, the Honourable John Horgan and the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Honourable Doug Donaldson, respectfully asking them to protect federally-mapped, core critical habitat of endangered mountain caribou and to end to the wolf cull. You can use points from our ask to the provincial government above in your letter.

IF YOU’RE A RESIDENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CONTACT YOUR MLA:

Ask them their position on endangered mountain caribou and the wolf cull. If they support conserving endangered mountain caribou and ending the wolf cull, ask what they intend to do about it. If they support a wolf cull to protect mountain caribou, ask why, share your reasons for opposing it and ask that they reconsider. Lastly, if they don’t support mountain caribou conservation, ask why and share your reasons for supporting it and ask that they reconsider.

Open Letter Regarding “Predator Reduction for Caribou Recovery”

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Original photo credit: Colleen Gara Photography

September 20, 2019

Honourable Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Donaldson,

We, the undersigned concerned scientist, conservation and animal protection organizations are calling on the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to open public consultations regarding the recently announced predator reduction program under the British Columbia Caribou Recovery Program. The program, which has apparently been approved for two years, would focus on the Tweedsmuir-Entiako, Hart Ranges, and Itcha-Ilgachuz caribou herds commencing in the winter of 2019/2020.

As organizations collectively representing tens of thousands of supporters and constituents, we are outraged that this program intends to remove 80% of wolf populations in the regions in question, as outlined in the leaked memo entitled “Predator Reduction for Caribou Recovery”. It is both alarming and unacceptable that this proposal stems from a government-funded study, which lacked any form of independent ethics review approvals or certificates. The data models in this study were highly misinterpreted, and regardless, the study confirmed that habitat loss—not wolves—was the ultimate threat to caribou. Removing critical habitat, circumventing ethics review procedures, and scapegoating wolves in the process flies in the face of ethical science.

At the expense of B.C. taxpayers, the B.C. government continues to blame wolves for declining caribou herds while at the same time green-lighting hundreds of clear-cut logging and industrial operations within critical caribou habitat. Killing hundreds of wolves through aerial hunting, while failing to protect adequate habitat for threatened and endangered southern mountain caribou herds, is nonsensical and unjustifiable.

It is equally alarming to learn that your Ministry is holding secretive, closed-door meetings with private stakeholders to decide the fate of the province’s wolves and ecosystems. We urge you to act with transparency and accountability in making such critical and impactful decisions. We call on the Ministry to immediately take steps to engage with all stakeholders and extend and open these consultations to the public.

We look forward to a timely response to our concerns, as the lives of hundreds of animals are at stake.

Sincerely,
Ian McAllister
Executive Director
Pacific Wild

Rebecca Aldworth
Executive Director
Humane Society International/Canada

Paul C. Paquet, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography
University of Victoria

Liz White
Director, Animal Alliance of Canada
Leader, Animal Protection Party of Canada

Tommy Knowles
Executive Director
Wildlife Defence League

Charlotte Dawe
Conservation and Policy Campaigner
Wilderness Committee

Lesley Fox
Executive Director
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals

Craig Pettitt
Director
Valhalla Wilderness Society