Yes , I found guys are keen to kill wolves if they think
they have a good chance.We also have a preditor problem.
Mainly wolves , but also grizzlies. Outfitters are seeing
Moose popultions declining in some managment units, but
our bioligist manage on a larger scale(they say...)The
Goverment did a large scale wolf control poisioning and
helicoptor gunning. There is a book called "wolves and
people" by David Hatler. His son is now our top Big game
We had record populations for years...We also hired the
ungulate specialist from the Yukon. He was the guy who
overseen the Yukon preditor management program.They also
had record game populations in the Yukon. Once that
program ended,it only took 3 years to have the Wolf
population back to where it was.
We were recently running 2 programs in BC
1)Alternate prey reduction.This is where they reduce the
Moose populations that wern't here 100 years ago.The
Wolves will leave the area with no Moose.This is done to
protect the Mountain caribou up top of the range.They are
now protected under the SARA act...They say that this is
working and the Caribou are up to 30 calves per hundred
survival.Unfortunatly they wiped out a couple Guide
Outfitters doing this... My thought s are the wolves will
just run up the mountain and eat the Caribou with no
Moose to eat.We are not in favor of this one!
2)Lethal & Non Lethal sterilization program.This is where
you fly over and identify the Alfa Male & female. You dart
them and sterilize them.This is the Non Lethal part of
it.By keeping them alive in the range, it keeps other
packs out of that range and no increase in Wolf
The Lethal part is shooting the rest of the pack from the
air!This was working in the North where they were eating
the Stone sheep lol (worth $40,000 lol)The public found
out and that was the end.
Now our goverment is paying trappers to do agressive
airial assisted snaring programs. They fly bait in from
the railway kills and highway. Outfitters also haul
bait.The trappers then use hundreds of snares to try to
get the whole pack. Not working ! We have 1 trapper that
is good at getting the whole pack ! 8 in one pass by. I
have access to photos.
What we have learned is taking a couple of Wolves doen't
help at all. Although I agree that it is one less Wolf.
Anyway I will stop there...unless you want to know