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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 wehowl.ca.

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 wehowl.ca.

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 wolfawareness.ca 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, Change, Environment, Giving, Wolves by Maryanne | May 9, 2016 | No Comment

 Wolf Bounties Abound in Alberta

 

How Long Will I be Safe Wolf Bounty

“You and I are as much responsible for the future of wolves as we are for our own children and for all creatures of this earth.”
                                                                                                                                        – Michael W. Fox, The Soul of the Wolf

Although bounty killing programs are known to be an ineffective management practice, they are maintained by some municipalities in Alberta as an attempt to reduce livestock depredation by wolves and coyotes.

Over the past 5 years more than 1,400 wolves and 25,000 coyotes have been killed by bounty hunters in AB, who are rewarded with a payment.

Wolves and coyotes play important ecological roles in wildlife communities; share strong social bonds with their families; and like all species, have immense inherent worth. Many of the wild canids killed for bounty never encountered livestock and likely never would have. The persistence of bounties in rural regions is largely based on perceptions rather than facts.

Wolf Awareness Inc is setting out to gather the facts.

will you be my voice wolf photo

I am a long-time supporter of Wolf Awareness Inc, so I wanted to pass this info on:

Wolf Awareness Inc (WAI) is proud to partner in a project developed by Alpha Wildlife Research & Management to study wolf and coyote seasonal food habits in counties with bounties, and in counties without bounties.

Along with the research, which will all be non-invasive to wildlife, WAI will be collaborating with Coyote Watch Canada and “Certified Predator Friendly” Louise Liebenberg (Grazerie Farms) to educate farmers, the public and the scientific community about non-lethal measures that can be taken to minimize livestock depredation and promote coexistence.

Their priority is providing accurate data on what wolves and coyotes are eating in bounty areas, and helping people to learn about responsible methods of conflict prevention instead of practicing reactionary and ineffective killing  programs. This is a very important project – but WAI needs funding to get it started this spring.

The project, entitled the Wild Canid Coexistence Project, will help make bounty killing a thing of the past…bounty programs are unethical, ineffective and irresponsible.

If you would like to donate to Wolf Awareness Inc, so they can help bring about the end of bounties, you can do so here. 

Their fundraising goal is to raise $30,000. Each 2-week research period costs approximately $3,000 in transportation and lodging alone. Thank you 🙂

photo of grey wolf

FYI, recent media coverage, “Bounties on wolves and coyotes slammed as ‘inhumane’ by Alberta biologists; Research paper concludes bounties do more harm than good,” by Terry Reith and Briar Stewart of CBC News, also explored the issue of wolf and coyote bounties.

If you live in Calgary…

For the entire month of May, all three locations of Community Natural Foods will be matching all donations to the Wild Canid Coexistence Project, through their Change for the Earth program.

“The true moral test of humanity lies in its relations to those who are at its mercy: the animals.”

– Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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 the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

A Wolf Named Nakoda

 

nakoda

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by wolves.

I’d always known them to be beautiful, graceful and very intelligent animals but I hadn’t necessarily realized how highly socialized they were. It is pretty amazing how the different types of individual wolves work together as an effective family unit…the pack. Everyone has their role to play.

I began to learn more about wolves after joining Wolf Awareness Inc (WAI), a Canadian non-profit organization whose primary goal is to foster an awareness and appreciation of wolf ecology and conservation, back in the 1990’s.

One of the educational programs offered through WAI was the opportunity to sponsor a wolf in the wild. Since the sponsored wolves were radio-collared, we received regular updates about ‘our’ wolf.

And ‘our’ wolf was Nakoda – the Alpha female of the Peter Lougheed pack in Alberta.

As it would turn out, Nakoda inadvertently taught me more than I ever could have imagined…not just about wolves, life, loss and love but also, from a spiritual perspective, just how intricately connected everything is.

Mostly, however, Nakoda helped me understand about the fundamental importance of the pack – be that a wolf pack, a police service or a human family.

With the recent wolf culling in Western Canada – a misguided attempt at curbing the decline of the caribou population – I have found myself thinking a great deal about the significant impacts of an individual wolf’s death on the pack, as well as the ramifications of the loss of an entire pack on the surrounding ecosystem.

As is the case with any issue that needs addressing, it is often the personal connection – the individual story – that actually leads people to make a change. For me, it was Nakoda who ignited my passion for wolf conservation.

So perhaps reading about Nakoda will help others view the wolf situation in Western Canada from a different perspective…that of the heart and soul.

To read my story, Nakoda, here is the link (published in CreaturesAll magazine in 2008).

To learn more about the wolf culling in Western Canada please visit Wolf Awareness Inc or Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Related blogs by Maryanne: 

Help Stop Wolf Cull in Alberta

Wolves in BC Need Our Help

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 the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here.