Parksville to support moratorium on wolf hunting

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Parksville city council will support calls for an end to recreational wolf hunting on Vancouver Island.

Staff will send letters to Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC).

“It’s my personal feeling — I’m really not too happy about sport hunting,” said Coun. Marilyn Wilson, who made the motion.

Council received correspondence from Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance (CwCA) and Wild Wise Society requesting support for a motion by the District of Oak Bay at the AVICC’s annual general meeting on May 28.

“We are concerned for the survival of the subspecies of grey wolf that live on Vancouver Island. In British Columbia wolves are killed by legal recreational hunting and trapping — the largest source of mortality for wolves,” reads the letter.

Mayor Ed Mayne said he could not support the motion because the issue is outside the city’s jurisdiction and should be handled by the province.

CwCA is a non-profit organization that promotes coexistence between people, bears, cougars and wolves on southern Vancouver Island. The Wild Wise Society is a wildlife educational program designed to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in various communities.

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