The new wolf management plan splits the province in two zones

Wolf management plan concerns advocates

Late last week, the B.C. government announced the release of the Province’s long awaited wolf management plan.

Late last week, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced the release of the Province’s long awaited wolf management plan.

An initial draft was released in November of 2012, and after a large public response with more than 2,500 comments, the final plan was written.

In a press release, the government stated that the plan “fully recognizes that the fundamental goal of wolf management in B.C., as with all other provincial game species, is to maintain self-sustaining populations throughout the species’ range.”

The “two-zone” plan allows for sustainable hunting and trapping opportunities in most areas, with controls in place such as specified season lengths and bag limits. While the other zone (where livestock or other wildlife populations are threatened by wolf predation), the plan commits to “responsibly helping stakeholders, ranchers and First Nations manage the impacts of expanding wolf populations.”

The Wolf Awareness Inc. (WAI), however, believes that the plan disregards the “intrinsic value of these extremely intelligent and social creatures.” The organization views the plan as a “wolf kill plan,” and says the government ignored the 1,614 letters of opposition to the plan during the draft plan’s comment period.

WAI says that “this means that in much more than half of the province, hunters and trappers can now kill an unlimited number of wolves 365 days of the year. Furthermore, the allowable use of bait, neck snares, and motorized vehicles to kill wolves is completely out of sync with any concept of ‘Fair Chase’.”

The current wolf population is estimated at approximately 8,500 in the province, a slight increase over the 1991 estimate of 8,100, indicating that the wolf population is likely stable. Therefore, wolves in B.C. are not considered to be an “at-risk” species.

However, not everyone is convinced by these numbers,

“Unfortunately, the B.C. government does not have an accurate handle on wolf numbers across the province and admits to major uncertainty as to how many wolves are being killed by people, although they know it is an all-time high since record-keeping began in 1976. The plan is based on flawed science. A two-zone approach is set up to kill wolves a) where they overlap with livestock or threatened species, and b) everywhere else for recreation or amusement,” said the WAI.

The government acknowledged that the consultation process revealed that there are strongly differing beliefs and values regarding wolf management practices, and says they relied on sound science to make balanced decisions.

Wolf Awareness Inc. is a non-profit, charitable foundation dedicated to public education regarding the ecology of the gray wolf.  Its executive director is Golden resident Sadie Parr.

Just Posted

Your Mountain Minute

Your weekly news recap… Continue reading

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

Elk River reclaims property as its own

Laws make it harder to protect private land than ever before says farmer, local government

GADSAR receives funding for building upgrades

Golden Star staff Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors unanimously approved an application… Continue reading

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Most Read