“It now appears British Columbia is officially declaring total war on wolves in the Cariboo and Chilcotin – a region which covers about one-third of the province – on the basis of “anecdotal information.”
“As Larry Pynn reported in The Sun earlier this week, the decision doesn’t appear to be based on science or research. . .”
The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says there is no cull of wolves underway, the government has merely changed regulations to provide unlimited wolf hunting and trapping opportunities in the Cariboo. Those changes allow wolf kills in the region any time, with no bag limits.
Rodger Stewart, Resource Management Director for the Caribou, says the government has been paying attention to reports from hunters, ranchers and others about overpopulation of wolves. Stewart complains that management of the species is made difficult because of romanticisation of the place of wolf in the ecosystem,
“The wolf is placed up as an icon species, similar to grizzly bears for example, and it incites a very passionate response. . . “
Trophy hunters, trappers, ranchers or anyone with lethal weapons can now enjoy the sport of wolf eradication and join the trade in wolf pelts and skulls.