Bears and wolves are in the crosshairs of the BC government, and your time to have your voice hard is running out.
Changes to hunting and trapping are being proposed in the Peace Region of the pacific province, which would remove all bag limits from wolves and triple the number of grizzlies allowed to be killed. Until December 31, 2015, residents of BC have the opportunity to formally comment in an online forum. There are also ways to get involved for Canadians and international wildlife lovers, too, all noted below.
Comment through proposal process
This is likely the most effective manner through which residents of BC can comment and make a difference in both the wolf and bear proposals of the Peace Region. By clicking here for bears and here for wolves you can read the proposals and, once you’ve registered, comment. Please do read the proposal rationale at the bottom of each page so you can clearly note that you have concerns with the theorized population data, as well as the lack of ethical debate leading up to this proposal. If you’re having trouble logging in, or aren’t sure where to start in writing your comment, our friends at Pacific Wild have a great blog outlining details on both of these issues.
Write your MLA
As a resident of BC, you have a representative in the provincial legislature. Even if their politics and yours don’t necessarily match, your vote and potential donor status to their party means your voice matters. You can find your MLA and how to contact them by clicking here. You should also send them a copy of your proposal comment.
Write the Premier
Our feelings about the Premier of British Columbia are likely similar to your own – but a letter to Premier Christy Clark still counts as an official communication, and will be logged as such. Residents from BC, other Canadian jurisdictions, or around the world, should all be communicating with the Premier’s office to express their disappointment as taxpayers or potential visitors (aka tourists). You can find all sorts of ways to communicate with her by clicking here.
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