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Save B.C. Wolves
January 15, 2015: B.C. Government green-lights controversial wolf hunt in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions. As many as 184 wolves to be shot from helicopters. January 20, 2016: Courts asked to rule on B.C.'s controversial wolf cull: Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the provincial government’s decision to cull wolves reasonably constitutes proper management of wolves. May 3, 2016: Wolf kill numbers nearly double in 2016: Year two of five of the B.C. government’s tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is now complete, with the government announcing today their aerial snipers virtually doubled the body count. January 20, 2017: BC government admits culling of wolves is inhumane, yet still considers cull expansion. February 24, 2017: Governments of Canada and of British Columbia conclude study on protection of southern mountain caribou. March 26, 2017: Last day to submit public comment on Protection Study for Southern Mountain Caribou (Central Group) in BC, intended to inform provincial and federal decision-making with respect to the ongoing protection and recovery of southern mountain caribou populations and their critical habitat. January 10, 2018: Proposed BC-Canada Agreement to Protect Mountain Caribou Is Toothless January 19, 2018: The B.C. government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations Three years later, these headlines continue today. Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left B.C.’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou, such as the lichen rich interior forests, the B.C. government has now placed the blame on wolves. Wolves are now being targeted for aerial killing and expanded legalized hunting and trapping of wolves. These highly social and intelligent animals, icons of our natural heritage, should not be killed because of government negligence. Killing all the wolves in B.C. won’t bring the caribou back in the absence of habitat protection. Wolves are social animals which are integral to ecosystem function. It is the view of Pacific Wild that they deserve protection and should not be exterminated because the B.C. government has continually failed to protect and recover enough habitat for caribou. Gross mismanagement of species at risk in B.C., a province with no endangered species law, results in unethical culls of predators and competing species, such as cougars and moose. There are solutions and alternatives to protecting B.C.'s caribou, but killing animals should not be one of them. ***(PLEASE NOTE you are NOT donating to Pacific Wild when asked after you have signed the petition - you are donating to change.org) Learn more and support the campaign to end the wolf kill and educate the public about this issue. Go to: www.pacificwild.org to learn more and take action Share through social media: @pacificwild #saveBCwolves #WarOnWildlife Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterContact Pacific Wild: email@example.com Pacific Wild is a B.C. based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia. www.pacificwild.org
Protect grizzly bears by banning the hunt in B.C.
On August 14th, the NDP government announced a ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt province-wide and a stop to all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest – after the fall hunt, which began the day after the announcement. This year, the Fall hunt has been extended from August 15 to November 30, 2017. In the fall hunt female grizzlies may be pregnant when they are hunted. In the spring hunt, female bears are often shot due to mistaken identity leaving their cubs to perish. Grizzly bears have the second lowest reproduction rate of North American land mammals. Economically, BC’s grizzly bear trophy hunt threatens the growing and sustainable wildlife-based tourism industry. Eco-tourism and bear viewing attract thousands of people to BC every year and create sustainable employment. There is simply no scientific, ethical or economic rationale for the hunt. The changes by the NDP government still allow for the killing of grizzlies in the rest of the province so long as hunters take the bear’s edible portions. This does not make for a true end to trophy hunting; it is a loophole that may lead to more poaching for valuable trophies, and it is unclear how it will be enforced. Grizzly bear meat is rarely eaten by hunters. Even if the meat must be checked by a Conservation Officer, it could still be discarded afterwards. We do not oppose hunting for food, but one of the most powerful, intelligent, slowest-reproducing, and farthest ranging land mammals is not a necessary or ethical food source. British Columbia is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear, which once roamed widely across North America. Despite widespread opposition, our government continues to treat this vulnerable and iconic species as an expendable resource. Along with First Nations and conservation partners, we are working to end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores in British Columbia. Please sign this petition to help our efforts. ***(PLEASE NOTE you are NOT donating to Pacific Wild when asked, after you have signed the petition - you are donating to change.org) donation given after signing goes directly to change.org. ***