Canada's Caribou Plan May Include Killing Thousands of Wolves
The woodland caribou population has been on the Canadian government's worry list for quite some time. There is a serious problem, but the solutions don't come easy. One idea is to build a fence to protect the caribou from predators. It would be extremely expensive and may look like they are creating a zoo out of nature, and for such a large area it would be an extensive project. Culling wolves would be a less expensive route, and estimates of how many wolves to kill are in the thousands, in fact roughly 6,000 wolves would have to be killed every five years.
Thousands of wolves stand to be killed in Alberta as part of the federal government's new plan to sustain caribou in the oilsands area, environmental researchers say.
Some caribou herds in Canada are doing fine, but in northern Alberta and parts of British Columbia most of their herds are at the "unable to survive" status. So with culling the wolves and increasing hunting on moose and deer that share the caribou's habitat, there may be hope of saving the few caribou left in these areas so impacted.
The federal recovery plan is still in draft form and is in the midst of a 60-day comment period. Some environmental groups are aghast at the plan, saying it would allow resource development of key habitat to continue unhindered. Once the plan is approved and passed the provinces will be responsible for putting the plan into effect. From CTVnews.com.