SOUTH SELKIRK, January 18, 2016 – Wildlife Defence League crew have taken to the field to monitor, document and expose the taxpayer-funded wolf cull and to demand genuine caribou protection in British Columbia. Members of the organization are situated in strategic locations throughout the South Selkirk.
Culling wolves to save caribou is a scientifically flawed approach to wildlife management and fails to address the true reason for the decline in herds – habitat loss and fragmentation. In the South Selkirk, logging decimated critical habitat years ago and scarred the landscape, leaving it uninhabitable for caribou. Both industry and government understood the consequences of their decisions but continued on. With an estimated 12 caribou left in the South Selkirk, they are now functionally extinct from the landscape.
“The BC Liberals commenced the wolf cull for the second year in a row in order to give the appearance that they are trying to protect caribou,” said Tommy Knowles, Campaign Director for Wildlife Defence League. In reality, their intention is to scapegoat wolves while allowing industry to go un-checked.”
Shooting wolves from helicopters also has ethical implications that must be noted. Entire wolf packs, including pups will be mercilessly gunned down at the hands of snipers. These highly intelligent, social animals and their families will be torn apart. They will be forced to watch as their siblings, mothers, fathers are shot to death.
The organization says it will not stand by while the wolf cull continues and endangered caribou continue to fade off into extinction. “Our intention is to show British Columbians how their tax dollars are being spent ineffectively and unethically, to draw attention to the need for genuine caribou protection.”