"We've been pretty clear this is a five-year project," assistant deputy minister Tom Ethier said in a CBC interview. "We're going to be doing this for the next five years. At the end of those five years, we're going to do that analysis as to whether this effort was worth it."
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the threats against the endangered caribou is habitat loss, the government remains steadfast in its decision.
"All economic activity will be done with a mind to caribou. We're focused on having a light footprint in that area," Ethier said in his interview.
But that does not mean they’ve stopped the development. In fact, development is ongoing, even as wolves are shot from helicopters and caught in inherently inhumane traps.
This violent cycle of wolf killing is not new, despite our advances in ecological science, technology and, one would hope, compassion.
We need your help. The wolves need your help.
Contact Premier Christy Clark in BC and Premier Jim Prentice in Alberta and demand that these violent resolutions be ended today. Scientists know the true cause of caribou population declines, and it isn’t wolves – it’s poor ecological planning and policy. Make sure you copy your local MLA (find yours for BC or Alberta) on your letter!
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice
BC Premier Christy Clark
It has become clear from those who are studying the caribou of Alberta and British Columbia that the only long-term solution for the protection of endangered and at-risk wildlife is an immediate halting of development in sensitive areas. Regardless of how many thousands of wolves are slaughtered, without land, the caribou herds cannot survive. Please listen to reason and stop the senseless, cyclical killing of these sentient animals and look to real, ecological science for solutions. These decisions will be remembered at the next election.
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