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Help end western Canada's Wolf Killing Programs 
Illustration aerial gunning wolf

​Wolves in Canada are running out of places to hide. These highly intelligent, highly sentient beings are being gunned down from helicopters that are contracted by provincial governments.

END AERIAL GUNNING OF WOLVES IN CANADA.

In British Columbia and Alberta, the provincial governments have been directing an unwarranted and inhumane wolf killing program ostensibly to protect declining caribou populations.​ Wolves continue to be killed in unspeakable ways, for no reason. The real culprit driving caribou to extinction is habitat loss. 

The Truth about Aerial Gunning 

It is nearly impossible to deliver a lethal shot to an animal that’s being chased by a helicopter. 

Far from 'clean kills', many uncontrollable conditions in the field result in severe injuries that last from several hours to days. No animal should have to experience such agony.

Wolf kill programs hurt wolves and ecosystems.

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOLF KILLING PROGRAM

 

In British Columbia, a government-sanctioned aerial-gunning program for wolves began in 2015 and has now killed more than 2,000 wolves.  The program continues to expand into more areas of the province, while caribou ranges continue to be logged, including the clear-cutting of old-growth forests that these animals depend upon for their survival. 

Logging and motorized recreation take a huge toll on caribou habitat. 

 

The BC government knowingly allows this to happen by inviting logging, access roads and motorized recreational activities into critical caribou habitat. ​

Logging in BC destroying critical caribou habitat

In December, 2023, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation revealed that British Columbia's controversial wolf cull has resulted in at least 1944 wolves shot and killed from helicopters. The government program, designed to keep 13 mountain caribou herds from going extinct, began in 2015 and has direct costs of more than

CAD10 million.

 

Despite conflicting reports about the effectiveness of culling, the provincial government seems to be using the ongoing program as permission to allow industrial activities to continue degrading caribou habitats. British Columbia must acknowledge the uncertainty in the scientific evidence and critically assess and adjust its caribou conservation plans accordingly.

ALBERTA WOLF KILLING PROGRAM

 

In Alberta, more than 2,700 wolves have been killed since 2005 to ostensibly protect caribou herds. Most of these herds continue to face ongoing habitat destruction and impoverishment, like the Little Smoky herd whose range has been more than 95% disturbed by oil and gas infrastructure.

In February, 2024, Global News reported that an Alberta government document suggested the province had made little progress in protecting its 15 threatened caribou herds, despite having signed an agreement with Ottawa that promised it would.

That document, released three years late on Jan. 19, is the first report into the so-called Section 11 agreement between the province and Environment Canada. The 2020 agreement was made under threat of the federal government stepping in to protect critical habitat for the herds, which are in many cases almost entirely disturbed by resource development.

Wolf in the snow
Wolves are inherently and intrinsically valuable.

There is a lack of scientific evidence that wolf kill programs increase caribou populations. In fact, killing wolves and other predators over a prolonged period has major ecological repercussions, negatively impacting many species, including plants and animals, in the ecosystem.

Killing hundreds of one species to benefit a few of another is unethical.

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