Wolf cull op­po­nents take fight to court

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Two en­vi­ron­men­tal groups say they’re tak­ing their fight against Bri­tish Columbia’s con­tro­ver­sial wolf cull to court.

Pa­cific Wild and Val­halla Wilder­ness So­ci­ety say they have filed an ap­pli­ca­tion for a ju­di­cial re­view that’s in­tended to de­ter­mine whether the cull con­sti­tutes proper wolf man­age­ment.

The govern­ment has ar­gued the cull is needed to pro­tect threat­ened cari­bou herds, and dur­ing its first year last win­ter, sharp­shoot­ers in he­li­copters killed 84 wolves in the prov­ince’s north­east and south­east re­gions.

But the shoot­ings proved to be con­tro­ver­sial and drew the at­ten­tion of such celebri­ties as Mi­ley Cyrus and Pamela An­der­son who called for the govern­ment to end the cull.

The coali­tion says it has filed the ap­pli­ca­tion in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the prov­ince is­su­ing new per­mits in the South Selkirk re­gion.

Pa­cific Wild and Val­halla Wilder­ness So­ci­ety say a West Coast En­vi­ron­men­tal Law fund and a crowd­sourc­ing cam­paign are fi­nanc­ing the ini­tial phase of the court fight.

“To date, the prov­ince has ne­glected to pro­tect and re­store suf­fi­cient habi­tat for en­dan­gered cari­bou,” says Ian McAl­lis­ter of Pa­cific Wild.

“We are ask­ing the court to re­view whether, in the ab­sence of suf­fi­cient, en­forced habi­tat pro­tec­tion, culling wolves con­sti­tutes ‘proper wildlife man­age­ment.’”

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