Takaya's Legacy: Moratorium on Wolf Hunting in BC

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The shooting death of British Columbia’s famous wolf, Takaya, was a predictable outcome due to current wildlife laws in BC. His end is known to us solely because he was the only wolf in the province to have ever been relocated and ear tagged. This was an acknowledgment of his fame due to a CBC Nature of Things documentary by Cheryl Alexander, which has been viewed by hundreds of thousands around the world.

Every year BC’s wildlife regulations allow for hunters to take three wolves each. They are expected to self-report their kills. In two BC regions there are no bag limits and no closed season.

On Vancouver Island wolf hunting season is open from September 10 to June 15, which only allows a reprieve for the animals in the summer months of July and August. The Ministry of Forests estimates that there are 250 wolves on Vancouver Island, up from a 2008 estimate of 150. The Ministry admits that numbers are difficult to quantify due to the nature of the animals that makes them difficult to track, so this estimate is likely inaccurate.

The reasons for killing wolves in BC are varied; trophy hunting, pest management, and predator control - where wolves are considered competition by hunters for the species they themselves want to kill. All these reasons have the support of the British Columbian government and killings are carried out more often than the BC public realizes. While the province has publicly stated they do not “condone” wildlife killing contests they reminded the public last year during “wolf whacking” contests that the activities are legal.

A moratorium on wolf hunting in British Columbia needs to occur until their population numbers are confirmed, their role in our ecosystem is examined and the reasons for hunting them are proven scientifically sound.




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