The wolves of Alberta and British Columbia are in dire need. With numbers already being reduced by environmental factors such as habitat loss and pollution, this keystone species now faces threats from hunting. Caribou in the region are dying from oil, mineral, timber, and other resource extraction, but governments and industries have taken to scapegoating the wolves for their deaths.
Sadie Parr is on the Board of Directors of Wolf Awareness Inc. She previously spoke with our show in 2011 about the treatment of wolves in the United States, but is now urging listeners to take action against the hunt. She explains that the lives of wolves matter to individual wolves themselves, their social circles, and the biodiversity of the greater ecosystem. Wolves are being shot from helicopters, poisoned, and there are even wolf-killing contests going on in BC, Alberta, and Ontario. Wolves have tight-knit packs and mourn the losses of their companions. Sadie also tells us the story of how important wolves are to the flourishing of ecosystems and their integral role to the trophic cascades at Yellowstone.You can learn more at http://www.wolfawarenessinc.org/
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