January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
December 13, 2014 in BCWF
BC Premier Christy Clark
Cabinet Minister Stephen Thomson (FLNRO)
Cabinet Minister Mary Polak (MOE)
All Liberal Cabinet Ministers and MLAs:
It is with a heavy heart and a certain amount of incredulity that I write this letter.
The hunting heritage in British Columbia is part of the history of this province and, in a way, part of its lifeblood. What happened today saddened me when I saw that even more of our Natural Resources, owned by ALL the people of BC, are being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The Guide Operators Association of BC already had the most generous allocations in North America. Most jurisdictions allow Non-resident (foreign) hunters to harvest between 5 and 10 percent of the Allowable Annual Harvest (AAH). BC already had numbers far and above that, as you both know.
The agreement made in 2007, made to take effect in 2011-2012 was more than fair to the commercial interests, and already less than fair to BC Resident Hunters.
But that wasn’t good enough for the GOABC. They made an agreement in good faith with no intention to honour it.
We see now that a decision was rushed through, with little or no public consultation, that took even MORE away from the vast majority of hunters in BC.
Resident hunter numbers stand currently at 102,000 plus family and supporters. That’s a lot of votes.
GOABC Membership stands at roughly 225. So this means that less than 0.3% of the hunting-voting population dictates policy? The new numbers state that, in some areas, the 0.3% will get 35% of Mountain Goat draws, 40% of Grizzly draws, and 40% of Sheep draws? Other areas 20% of Elk, and the list goes on.
I can’t believe my eyes.
Their figure of $120 Million in economic benefit is ludicrous. They simply took a figure of $30,000 and multiplied that by tags sold. First of all, not all hunts are anywhere near the 30K range, and, in other cases, Guide Operators were GIVING away tags to friends, just so they didn’t lose next years allotment. That’s zero income. I would be honestly surprised if the real number is more than $40 Million, while BC Residents verifiably contribute $250 Million. That’s a massive loss of income if BC hunters just gave up.
This proposal must be immediately rescinded, for the good of all the people of BC. As you know, BC Resident Hunters contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Provincial coffers and the HCTF, as well as local communities that need the business. We support all manner of local businesses from outdoors-oriented shops to gas stations, restaurants, campgrounds and yes, mechanics and tire shops, much to my chagrin on occasion.
The HCTF has collected tens of millions of dollars to fund research and habitat enhancement projects, and we support that with words, deeds, volunteer hours, sweat, and dollars.
The GOABC essentially sells trophy hunting to non-resident tourists. People that don’t live here and don’t VOTE here. They essentially take the heads and fly home. Resident Hunters are required to use all edible parts of the animal in most cases, and rightly so.
To infuriate 102,000 resident Hunters at the expense of what basically amount to a small club is unconscionable, and untenable.
I ask to you not only rescind this decision, but to put BC’s allocation in line with that of all other districts like ours, namely 10% for Non-residents, and 90% for Resident, voting, taxpaying hunters in BC. We are all watching this very closely, and I sincerely hope you do the right thing for all.
Sincerely, The lovely folks at Wolftracker!
November 28, 2014 in Home
I’d like everyone to see this, as it shows the bitter reality of how wolves kill and eat, often doing the latter en route to the former. These two wolves, unafraid of man, eat this poor deer alive while trucks roll buy and radios squawk. It’s wolves like this that need to be eliminated. No fear of man is a very dangerous thing.
November 26, 2012 in Home
This is a site dedicated to the understanding of Wolf (Canis Lupus) behaviour, and creating a database of all known recent mortalities, sightings, sign, both visual and aural, and den sites.
Its purpose is simple: to help hunters, trappers and biologists, researchers and photographers know where the wolves are throughout the province, and hopefully provide data that helps them in their pursuit of wolves, be it for observation, research, or population reduction. We even hope to be of some benefit to ranchers and Conservation Officers if we can.
Furthermore, we hope to have a forum where we can exchange ideas, location data, hunting, trapping and calling techniques, and gear recommendations, from Camo to Cameras. Additional info and tutorials can be added on specific calling/luring/decoy techniques, skinning methods, and what to do with a fur afterwards, from tanning and keeping it yourself, to taking it to a good taxidermist, to selling it to interested buyers.
Although the site is in its nascent stages, we hope to eventually have a one-stop-shopping site on where and how to locate Wolves, and what to do when you get there. From harvest to simply watching, we’ll give you the information you need.
Calls, calibres, catching on camera to camming with trail cams, Wolftracker.ca will have you covered!
Welcome to the site, Please BOOKMARK us, and visit often!
The Wolftracker Team
Contact the crew at WolfPack@Wolftracker.ca
November 26, 2012 in Home
We have nothing against Wolves, and have no desire to completely exterminate them from the wild, or even extirpate them from a certain area. (With the stated exceptions on protecting unique populations of other species on the verge of extirpation or extinction). They are a part of the Ecosystem, and the Top Dog before man came along. We fully respect that.
However: Wolf populations have exploded in recent years, ungulate numbers are down, livestock and human threats and attacks and mortalities are way up, and people that rely on organic, free-range wild meat are often having a hard time filling their legal hunting tags. In some cases, even Native hunters are having trouble filling tags, which is even more troubling, as they are often not bound by the same restrictions that non-Native hunters are.
Times have changed. The “Let nature take it’s course” crowd is out of touch with the reality of the day. Pipelines, logging, ski trails, mining roads, highways, farms, etc etc etc have completely changed the Paradigm of a “Natural balance”. They do not need to be wiped out, or extirpated, they simply need to be managed in an effective, humane manner, by hunters who respect all life. I hope this clarifies things a little.
More on this later, but my point is: If you are issued a Password here, do NOT publish or share it. It is for you only, because you have been vouched for by one of us here at WT.ca or others. There are some radical folks out there, full of passion and righteous indignation, and apparently devoid of logic and reason, that would happily use what we post and say as fuel against us. We would rather that not happen.
Please keep your password private.
Don’t make us block your user name, email and ISP, as we really don’t wanna do that. We really, really don’t.
Welcome to Wolftracker!
Chris, Grand Poobah.
December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
Here are the contact emails and numbers of folks in BC you might need at some point to help us lobby for hunting rights.
If there are any bad or broken links, please let me know.
Contact Info for Government Offices, MLA’s and Media.
While cruising around some Anti-hunting sites, I notice they usually ALL have two things in common:
: A list of people to contact, and a Donate! button.
So I decided to start a list of folks to contact regarding hunting, fishing and outdoor issues.
I’ll try to update it as much as I can, but hope to include media (Newspapers and TV), local and Provincial politicians. If something comes up where we need to unite, and send letters and emails and make phone calls, I hope this will help make it easier.
The Vancouver Sun- sunletters@vancouver sun.comThe Vancouver Province: Letters to the Editor – E-mail: provletters@theprovi nce.comEvery local newspaper, magazine and radio station contact links in BC HERE
————————————————————–Provincial level Government
Hon. Bill Bennet–Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
(the ministry responsible for B.C. gaming)
Tel: (250) 387-5896
Fax: (250) 356-2965
WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Hon. Mary Polak - Minister of the Environment
Hon. Steve Thomson–Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Every Cabinet Minister in BC at the present time with links to contact info: Cabinet Ministers
Every Regional Biologist in BC: REGIONAL BIOs
Local level Gov’t:
How to find your local MLA HERE
Contact the Prime Minister here: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm
October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
One of the main herds of Elk in Yellowstone, the Northern herd, has seen it’s numbers slashed by 70% since the introduction of the Northern Grey Wolf, and a frightful 24% over the 2010-2011 season! This only up to 2011. Cow tags aren’t even being sold anymore.
Elk numbers continue to fall in Yellowstone area
Elk numbers in the northern herd near Gardiner have dropped 24 percent since last year, according to a recent aerial survey conducted in December.
Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:54 am
Elk numbers continue to drop in the Yellowstone area. A recent aerial survey of the northern Yellowstone elk herd indicates a 24 percent drop in population over last year.
The annual aerial survey of the herd conducted during December 2010 resulted in a count of 4,635 elk, down 24 percent from the 6,070 reported the previous year. There has been about a 70 percent drop in the size of the northern elk herd from the 16,791 elk counted in 1995 and the start of wolf restoration to Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife biologists from the Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group say increased predation, ongoing drought, and hunting pressure all contributed to a decline in the northern Yellowstone elk population from 1995 to 2010.
Predation by wolves and grizzly bears is cited as the major reason for the decline in elk numbers. Wolves in northern Yellowstone prey primarily on elk. Also, predation on newborn elk calves by grizzly bears may limit the elk population’s ability to recover from these losses, according to a press release from the working group.
Drought conditions experienced during the early 2000s appear to have impacted the nutrition and abundance of forage, and may have lowered reproduction rates in some elk.
The number of permits issued for the antlerless Gardiner Late Elk Hunt declined from 1,102 in 2005 to just 100 permits during the 2006-2010 seasons. The late season hunt was eliminated altogether for 2011.
The number of grizzly bears seen on the northern range during elk calving season has decreased slightly in recent years. Also, the wolf population on the northern range inside Yellowstone National Park has dropped from 94 wolves in 2007 to 37 wolves in 2010. Biologists suspect predator numbers may be responding somewhat to the decline in the elk population.
Biologists expect the reduction in the number of wolves and the elimination of the late season hunt will result in some increase in the elk population, according to the working group.
“The Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group will continue to monitor trends of the northern Yellowstone elk population and evaluate the relative contribution of various components of mortality, including predation, environmental factors, and hunting,” the group said in a Jan. 11 press release.
The Working Group was formed in 1974 to cooperatively preserve and protect the long-term integrity of the northern Yellowstone winter range for wildlife species by increasing our scientific knowledge of the species and their habitats, promoting prudent land management activities, and encouraging an interagency approach to answering questions and solving problems.
The Working Group is comprised of resource managers and biologists from the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, National Park Service (Yellowstone National Park), U.S. Forest Service (Gallatin National Forest), and U.S. Geological Survey-Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman.
Jim Blow/WYNews Link HERE