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article imageOp-Ed: B.C. Grey wolf faces new threat

By Richard Smith     Nov 23, 2012 in Environment
A little over a week of reflection and my blood has slowly decreased to a simmer, allowing me to finally write this Op-Ed.
What has got me so worked up, is the possibility of this government released plan management draft in B.C. Canada, that will see the continuation of grey wolf hunting, as well as culling in certain areas.
The draft, as seen here, was compiled by the Government of British Columbia, and suggests the population of the grey wolf is stable, having increased from 8,100 in 1992 to a projected 8,500 today. That’s right, an increase of 400 in 20 years; hardly a figure which screams stability or a drastic increase in population.
The draft uses such issues as the attack on livestock and endangered mountain caribou as an excuse, or should I say reason, for having to thin, the already thin packs of the southern interior wolves. Not only this but it also proposes that the slowly increasing number of wolves is unsustainable for the surrounding environment.
The management plan reaches a sinister climax when it recommends culling in certain areas, and even calls for some areas to continue the hunt without quotas; this in itself is a threat to the grey wolf, as man has proved over time when it comes to hunting without quotas, the species targeted will suffer.
Steve Thomson, the B.C. minister responsible for wildlife had this to say:
"If we are to achieve our objectives on endangered species, and particularly caribou, one of the key success factors in being able to do that is ensuring the management of predator impact,"
I ask, what about the wolves? As minister responsible for wildlife, it is completely absurd to protect one endangered species, by threatening another species with the same possible fate; which will most likely happen, especially if allowing wolf hunting without regulatory quotas is made legal.
Now going back to the one of the key reasons this draft exists; the decline of the mountain caribou. The mountain caribou remains an integral part of Canadian ecological health. Their survival is vital for the health of the forests throughout British Columbia, which in turn helps to benefit water quality within the forests, which ultimately provides a healthy ecosystem for the native plants, and other species which depend on these woodlands and forests.
The mountain caribou is endangered, but the fault is not of the grey wolf, I believe it is of greed. In the last decade the mountain caribou numbers have declined by 40% with the main threats being that of logging, mining, road building, and encroachment onto their once natural, and wild habitat. In fact it is public knowledge that the B.C Government actively help logging programs that operates on the caribous precious old-growth woodlands.
So frankly, it makes me curious if the grey wolf is in fact a danger, or a scapegoat. The B.C government would be set to lose a lot of money and investments if they were to openly admit that their logging, and mining programs are playing a massive role in the diminishing numbers of the mountain caribou. However, the mountain caribou has got to a point where it needs government intervention in order to help save its species, in comes the governments, keep the public happy, while continuing to profit, scapewolf. This scapewolf is a perfect way in which to seem the best course of action is being taken to provide security for the mountain caribou, while not having to pull the plug on massive investments and profit programs such as mining and logging - the real threat to the mountain caribou. I for one, will not blame the big bad wolf
This management plan, if tabled, and passed in the legislature, is nothing short of a crime against nature, and I for one will fight this draft until the bitter end and beyond. The public have been given until December 5th to send their comments and thoughts in regarding this draft, before the final draft is put to print. I urge anyone who stands with me against this proposed draft to click here and submit their thoughts directly, regardless if you agree with my somewhat far fetched opinion.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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