LETTER: Why blame humans for caribou decline?

Certainly predators other than wolves should be considered in research.

Re: B.C. wolf kill witch hunt unjustifiable

I question Stacey Galga’s theories blaming humans for supposed decline in caribou populations

Caribou graze and rest within sight of drilling rigs in Northeast Alaska, where some of the Northwest Yukon herd may have migrated to. They ignore border markers.

Deer aren’t escaping cities – they’ve migrated to them

I challenge the notion that roads hurt caribou, since they can be used by all sizeable species to facilitate moving to a better environment – where’s the actual evidence that the benefit is one-sided?

Then there’s the flapping around by activists about one large herd they claimed disappeared – but when someone looked where tribal elders told them they were, where they’d been before.

Activists don’t give critters enough credit for being good at living their life their way. Like humans they do make mistakes – those who stay in an area with limited food won’t have great reproductive success so population will decline, that’s a known phenomenon.

Certainly predators other than wolves should be considered in research.

There’s a theme of a negative view of humans in Galga’s letter.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

 

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