Wolf Cull, Who Caused The Problem?
Over 150,000 people have now signed a petition to ask the province to reconsider its move to begin culling the wolf population. The cull was called for because of concerns the animals are doing irreparable damage to a small caribou herd faced with extinction.I would be prepared to say that the bulk of these signatures come from the Urban areas of Canada, Greater Vancouver in particular.
I grow a little tired of hearing these people complain about the decision to cull the wolf population, when they are the cause of the problem.
It is man , the ultimate predator, who chooses to live where these same species they are trying to protect used to live. The operative phrase here is ‘used to’, because as the population continues to grow, what area does it choose to occupy? Oh, that would be the lower areas of valleys , or the lower mainland where people gravitate to avoid the snow and winter.
Rarely a week goes by that someone in the lower mainland says that they would never like to live in the central or northern part of the province. Why? Because it’s cold and we get lots of snow. Have any of those 150,000 stopped to think the reason why animals have shifted from spending the winter in the valleys and along the coast because we took over that spot and forced them out? Some deer populations have been known to migrate upwards of 600 kilometers each season to reach an area that has less snow . Moose head to the river valley but when that area has been overtaken by man, they have no choice but to live at the higher elevations, where they are easy prey for wolves.
In the Kootenays , the residents are asking for a deer cull, not wolves, but deer, why? Well it seems that those pesky deer who have been migrating into the valleys over the past thousands of years are trying to winter in the areas that have been settled by “man” . Can’t have that now can we? Indeed many of those animals want to reside there all year round, like they have for thousands of years , but we won’t allow that as well.
For those people who feel that they want to stop the cull, how about moving out of the area you now occupy and allow those animals that you displaced back in to your neighbourhood to fill that void. You say it isn’t going to happen, of course it is not, just as trying to help the small remaining herd of Caribou without culling the wolf population who have been eating them to extinction.
I’m Meisner and that’s one man’s opinion.