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Total war on wolves in parts of British Columbia

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Total war on wolves in parts of British Columbia
August 05, 2011 06:30PM
Anecdotal evidence not good enough to justify wolf kill
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun columnist August 5, 2011

It now appears British Columbia is officially declaring total war on wolves in the Cariboo and Chilcotin — a region which covers about one-third of the province — on the basis of “anecdotal information.”

As Larry Pynn reported in The Sun earlier this week, the decision doesn’t appear to be based on science or research.

Some won’t like the use of the term “total war,” preferring comforting euphemisms like “open season” or “predator control.”

However, it all comes down to the same thing.

Without benefit of any real science, we’re now going to permit anybody who so wishes in these “management areas” to shoot as many wolves as they like, whenever they like, wherever they like, for whatever reason they like.

Furthermore, to rid ourselves of this “anecdotal” scourge, we’re going to permit unlimited trapping of wolves on private land using leghold traps.

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