http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/07/07/open-season-on-wild-canadian-wolves/44516/, The Government of the Province of British Columbia has " changed the hunting regulations to a year-round open season on killing wolves in the Cariboo." It seems this decision is based on the voices of ranchers in the province rather than being done because of any scientific research! The fact that in this article trappers themselves are quoted as being very concerned about the fact that these changes have gone too far should be a sign to the members of the Government of British Columbian who have made this decision for it to be "Open season on Wolves in the Caribou region of British Columbia!!!"
For those of you who are not familiar with British Columbia this map shows where the "Caribou" region of
British Columbia exists:
Source:http://www.forsalebyownercanada.com/uploads/images/regions/bc.jpg To quote a statement from
The Canadian Wolf Foundation:
"The BC government blames the wolves for the decline in the mountain caribou. Instead of blaming the wolves, please stop the human activities that negatively impact and destroy the caribou and their habitat."
"Killing wolves does not increase the number of caribou. As Nature Trust BC points out, "The BC government has "killed 798 wolves, 16% of B.C.’s wolf population at the time. If culls are effective in saving the caribou, than populations should have been increasing over the past 20 years. However, caribou numbers have dropped significantly…"
We have to assume that the Government of British Columbia has given-in big time to pressure mounted on them by ranchers in this area of British Columbia! Who else would benefit from being able to kill wolves year -round in the Province more than ranchers??
However, the British Columbia Government apparently has decided to totally disregard Wolf experts (biologists). I say that because in the news article: "Controlling the wolf population won't save caribou, biologists say", it is stated in relation to a similar if not identical situation in Alberta with Wolves:
"Wolf control can be an effective way of reducing kills. But the province is kidding itself if it thinks that wolf control alone is the answer. It's not."