Wolves deserve our respect

Resident concerned about humanity treats wolves in the region

Recently when I read the paper, I was disgusted to find out that since 2012, hunters have been allowed to kill up to three wolves.

The hunting of wolves is cruel and unnecessary. Paul Paquet, an associate professor of environmental design at the University of Calgary who has worked extensively in B.C., said, “implying that indiscriminate hunting and trapping will reduce human conflicts with wolves directly contradicts contemporary wildlife science, which shows that hunting and trapping of predators exacerbates, rather than reduces, human-wildlife conflicts” He noted that predator control programs that kill wolves indiscriminately, “usually result in more predation on livestock rather than less” due to, “disruption of wolf pack social dynamics and the breakdown of territories.”

One must consider the fact that just 25 successful hunters could wipe out the species in the Okanagan.

Some comments I have gathered from the Thompson-Okanagan public:

“Somehow, allowing unlimited hunting because they are hard to hunt seems like a moronic sort of logic.”

“Canadian wolves are a force of nature. Respect.”

“Rationality long ago ceased to be the currency of wildlife management policy in B.C.”

Historically, active hunting of wolves by native Americans was rare because many tribes believed that such an act would cause game animals to disappear or bring retribution from other wolves, fearing that the unjust killing of a wolf would bring about the vengeance of its pack mates.

In Alaska, there was a response to ecological and humane concerns that stemmed from the detrimental effects of wolf hunting.

The PAW Act was created, which acknowledges the right of states to manage wildlife by clearly stating that wildlife agencies may respond to legitimate biological emergencies in wildlife populations.

Particularly distressing is the fact that, though once abundant over much of North America, the grey wolf inhabits a very small portion of its former range because of widespread destruction of its habitat. In some regions, it is endangered or threatened.

I understand the threat to the safety of hikers, family pets, livestock, and rural/woodland residents and I believe in the commitment to ensure that their danger is limited.

However, to allow any hunter to kill wolves is a senseless idea, resulting in more damage and distress for not only nature, but the human population as well.

Wolves are considered especially challenging to hunt, due to their elusive nature and sharp senses, and they are notoriously shy and difficult to kill, having been stated to be almost as hard to stalk as cougars.

I urge you to think about a more respectful, understandable method of limiting the wolf population.

A more reasonable endeavour would be to call upon a trained professional to firstly aim to relocate wolves which are threatening.

Wolves are the sacred ancestor of our most faithful domestic companion. They deserve respect and careful consideration to ensure their further existence.

 

Brooklyn Kuzyk

Vernon

 

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