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Why B.C. paid $2 million to cull wolves to save endangered caribou

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:14 pm
by Koa
The complicated tale of why B.C. paid $2 million to shoot wolves in endangered caribou habitat this winter
By Sarah Cox, April 25
The Narwhal

This past winter, the B.C. government spent almost $2 million to kill 463 wolves in the habitat of 10 endangered caribou herds, according to an email from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development.

That’s an average $4,300 per wolf.

In the habitat of the Columbia North herd in the Kootenays, where 10 wolves were shot over the winter, the government spent $100,000, according to the ministry — an average of $10,000 per wolf.
Fantastic, balanced article on why wolves were culled in British Columbia this winter. Culling is not new to British Columbian wolves, as province officials have made an effort to save endangered mountain caribou in the past. B.C. killed 463 wolves, spending $2 million to do so by way of aerial hunting. The article does not mention this, but there are 8,500 wolves in British Columbia. The number of southern mountain caribou is 1,200 animals.

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