Don’t Slaughter Gray Wolves to Save Woodland Caribou

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Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, British Columbia

Goal: Stop the proposed slaughter of gray wolves and find alternative methods to save woodland caribou.

There is a plan to slaughter 24 gray wolves living in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. The British Columbia government hopes that by doing so, it will help protect the population of the critically endangered woodland caribou. The situation does call for some urgency as there are only 18 caribou remaining. But the government’s extreme plans are overly cruel and troublesome.

The woodland caribou of the Selkirk Mountains have faced many threats over the years. While gray wolves have been known to kill caribou, many believe that they have not been a major cause to their decline in population. Experts say that poaching and habitat loss have had more influence on the caribou’s diminished population than wolves have had. They also believe that addressing these root causes would better ensure a long-term recovery for the species.

Still, more than 1,000 wolves have been killed in Canada over the last decade in efforts to protect caribou. The government of British Columbia is attempting to save an animal population by destroying another. This method is cruel and unproductive. The woodland caribou is a gracious creature that deserves protection; however, it shouldn’t be at the expense of other animals.

We must ask for the government of British Columbia to examine alternative methods to save the woodland caribou. Slaughtering one species does not make for effective animal conservation. Please ask British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations to reverse its decision to terminate 24 gray wolves and to explore alternative options. The well-being of the environment of the Selkirk Mountains and all things living in it depend on it.


Dear Honorable Thomson,

Slaughter is not an effective method of animal conversation. Still, the government of British Columbia has made the decision to shoot and kill 24 gray wolves in the Selkirk Mountains. While this massacre is intended to save the woodland caribou, there are more ethical and humane ways to handle this situation.

Science stands behind the idea that examining more crucial issues like habitat loss and poaching will be more effective in aiding the caribou’s long-term recovery. Therefore, I urge you to reverse the decision made by The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations to kill these wolves. I also encourage you to explore more viable options to protect the woodland caribou. Killing one animal to save another is counterproductive. Please spare these precious animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Amphibol via Wikimedia Commons

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One Comment

  1. Michael Guest says:

    This is not the right way to go. All wolves should be protected, not killed.

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