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published in Animals, Change, Environment, Nature, Wolves by Maryanne | August 29, 2017 | No Comment

One Quick Way YOU Can Help Stop Wolf Cull in BC

(And no…you don’t have to be a BC resident)



“Gunning wolves from helicopters and using strangling snares on the ground have been the main tools used in an ongoing experiment to recover caribou herds protected by federal law.  These herds were pushed to the brink of extinction not because of wolves, but due to continued destruction and fragmentation of their habitat by logging, resource extraction and motorized recreation.”

– Wolf Awareness Inc


If you’ve heard about the wolf cull in BC and don’t support it:

One quick way you can take action, right now, to speak up on behalf of wolves in BC is to fill out this quick survey at

If you’re not familiar with the culling practice, here’s a bit of background from Wolf Awareness Inc:

On Feb 24th, 2017, British Columbia announced that aerial gunning of wolves would begin in a new area – Revelstoke-Shushwap – as the third provincially designated “wolf kill zone.”

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations stated they are “taking immediate action to save the Columbia North caribou herd from wolf predation.”

But killing wolves won’t repair what’s been damaged. Instead of protecting the homes and habitat caribou require, industrial interests have been allowed to trump conservation, ecology and ethics.

Over the winters of 2015 & 2016, a minimum of 288 wolves were killed in BC – most often through callous methods that prolonged suffering – under the guise of conservation.

More than $1.5 million tax dollars have been spent on aerial gunning wolves, despite no evidence to show this is increasing caribou numbers. In fact, there is a lack of scientific evidence that wolf kill programs will increase caribou populations.

Scientists and governments recognize that caribou populations are low because of ongoing destruction and impoverishment of the habitat they need to survive. Yet destruction and impoverishment of critical caribou habitat continues for industrial and recreational interests.


Killing wolves over a prolonged period creates major ecological repercussions that negatively impact many plants and animals in the ecosystem.

Those involved in planning the expanded wolf and cougar kill disregard the considerable damage that scientists understand happens in ecosystems when top predators are removed, and callously exhibit an indifference to the suffering experienced by wolf families as pack members are killed.”

– Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

How you can take action:

If you haven’t already, please take the 5-minute survey (it actually only takes 3 minutes) at

If you are on Twitter, please follow Wolf Awareness Inc @wolfawareness and use the hashtag #NoWolfCull


About Wolf Awareness Inc.

Wolf Awareness Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation, established in 1987,  whose primary goal is to promote positive attitudes towards predators in general, the wolf in particular, and to foster an appreciation for the environment of which we are all a part. They achieve their mission through the development and implementation of educational programs and by supporting scientific wolf research. Please visit for details.

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Wolf Bounties Abound in Alberta

A Wolf Named Nakoda

Wolves in British Columbia Need Our Help

Help Stop Wolf Cull in Alberta

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.




published in Animals, Environment, Face the Future, Nature by Maryanne | April 20, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 6th and final blog in the Spring 2017 Face the Future blog series:

Plant Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

~Maya Angelou

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Down Again 🙁

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released in February 2017.

The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico.

Millions of monarchs make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year, and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. They are counted not by individuals, but by the area they cover.

Another problem has been the loss of milkweed—the plant monarchs rely on for food—in the United States and Canada, because of the increased use of herbicides and the conversion of land to development.

The loss of forests in Mexico and milkweed north of the border has proved devastating.

For further details, please click here to read the entire report.

What you can do…

Plant milkweed in your garden!


Why Milkweed?

In their early caterpillar stage, the monarch’s source of food is the milkweed plant (World Wildlife Fund). Butterflies will usually lay their eggs on milkweed plants so that once they hatch, the caterpillar can start feeding on the milkweed leaves. Once the butterflies turn into adults, they can start sipping the nectar from the flowers.

Where to Find Milkweed Seeds

One place you can order milkweed seeds on-line is through the Save our Monarchs website.

New Butterflyway Project Taking Flight

The goal of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project is to provide food and shelter for butterflies and bees by establishing a network of wildflower patches through neighbourhoods across Canada, starting in five cities in 2017.

This Mother’s Day, send the moms in your life a beautiful, original card. Your gift will help the Butterflyway Project welcome butterflies and other pollinators across Canada.

For further info on all things pertaining to milkweed and Monarch butterflies, please check out this link.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.  

published in Animals, Environment, Face the Future, Inspiration by Maryanne | April 7, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 3rd blog in the Face the Future Spring 2017 blog series:

Wild Thing – Take a Walk for Wildlife on Apr 12th


“Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you.”

– The Troggs, “Wild Thing”

National Wildlife Week 2017 is April 9th to 15th

And what better way to celebrate than heading out into nature on Wed Apr 12th…and do the wild thing 🙂

“Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.”

– Lao Tzu

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Walk for Wildlife” is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces that define Canada.

There are currently 700 species of plants and animals at risk of being lost forever from Canada. They’re disappearing from our oceans, lakes, skies and landscape due to habitat loss, disease, climate change and unintentional mortality (such as collisions with windows and cars, fisheries bycatch, and more).

By walking, you’re giving voice to the animals you love while helping to maintain Canada’s wildlife diversity for future generations.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”

– Baba Dioum

When I head out for my hike on Apr 12th, I will be walking for polar bears and wolves…two animals near and dear to my heart.



About the Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

Canada’s 150 year history has been inextricably tied to the natural landscapes, vast wilderness and diverse wildlife that define us internationally. These are the images most often associated with Canada and the sense of wonder people feel when immersed in nature.

How we connect to nature over Canada’s next 150 years will be determined by the efforts we take to #ConserveTheWonder.

During National Wildlife Week, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s goal is to encourage people to get reacquainted with that feeling of wonder they got the first time they were awed by nature.

However you celebrate National Wildlife Week, share your experiences using #ConserveTheWonder as we share a vision of #NatureForAll.

“Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.