To protect B.C.’s caribou population, the provincial government has used a number of strategies; one of which being predator control. In an effort to curb the number of caribou being preyed on, wolves have been killed as part of a wolf cull. Pettitt emphasized that culls aren’t getting to the root of the issue, as wolves naturally prey on moose, but began hunting caribou due to human activity in their natural habitats.
“When you clear-cut an area of old growth forest, you convert it into an early feral young species forest, which is more amenable to deer, elk, and moose. These species move into these areas and draw the predators. For moose, the principle predators are wolves, which end up taking care of caribou as a bycatch; however, the wolves are primarily dependent on moose.” – Craig Pettitt, chair director of Valhalla Wilderness Society
Pettitt went on to explain that clear cutting logs requires roads to be built, which wolves end up using to track their prey.