Environmental groups challenging B.C. Wolf Cull in court

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — The environmental groups Pacific Wild and the Valhalla Wilderness Society, intend to challenge the legality of the B.C. government’s controversial wolf cull.

The multi-year kill program was launched a year ago in the South Peace and South Selkirk regions, with the government arguing it’s an initiative to protect threatened caribou herds.

However, Ian McAllister, the Executive Director of Pacific Wild, believes an industry driven motive is behind the program.

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He confirmed the environmental groups have filed an application in Provincial Supreme Court for a judicial review, and are now waiting for a court date response.

Reports indicate 84 wolves were killed last year in government-sponsored programs in the northeast and southeast regions, and the Ministry of Environment has estimated the overall kill at nearly 500.

However, the opposition groups believe it could run much higher than that.

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