The Caribou Recovery Program is a plan put on by the provincial government in efforts to save the Caribou population.
One part of the recovery plan is the culling of wolves, which at times could see a number over a hundred.
“It’s a relatively small part of our program. we do spend a lot of time and money on it, but it’s recognized that this is kind of a emergency lever pull to stabilize and stop the decline of caribou populations.” says Darcy Peel, Director of the Caribou Recovery Program for the province of BC.
Peel added that the culling of wolves is not to infer that there’s predator management everywhere in the province. It’s only in specific areas where the predator density is having a negative impact on a local herd.
As for how long this program will last, Peel couldn’t exactly give a number of years. Instead said people in a region such as the Chilcotin who manage land need to share a vision and make decisions that help implement that vision. Hopefully that keeps caribou on the landscape.
For more information on the Caribou Recovery Program, you can visit the province of BC’s website here.