GINTA – Wildlife shouldn’t pay the ultimate price during the pandemic

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DO YOU REMEMBER the first couple of weeks of Covid-19 and the toilet paper shortage? Then came the flour and other dry supplies, followed by yeast. Next came the seed shortage. Suppliers in town could not refill the shelves fast enough, so most grocery stores and points of sales have restrictions on how much a person can buy.

Not to forget, we went through and are still occasionally witnessing a shortage of disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves and masks. Things got better with restrictions, yes, but what a jittery bunch we are.

There are good things that this crisis has spurred though. People removing lawns and putting in gardens is a great thing if they do not hoard seeds, since a little goes a long way. Still, growing food and ensuring bloomy havens for pollinators is just about the best we can do with our personal or rented patch of land.


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3 Comments on GINTA – Wildlife shouldn’t pay the ultimate price during the pandemic

  1. Hi John,
    A BC Resident hunting license must be purchased by qualified hunters (purchaser must be Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education certified) every year in order to purchase specific species’ license AKA ‘tags’ for certain animals that require them (these tags expire March 31st. The basic license needs to be purchased every year on or before the date that it expires (not necessarily March 31st).

    Elk on Vancouver Island are limited entry only, and hunting is only permitted in Fall/Winter. These animals were poached.

    As for the last question, I could only guess the reason, but it is impossible to know for sure.

    • John Noakes // May 2, 2020 at 6:47 AM // Reply

      Our Prime Minister has said that the “military style” firearms (most classified as Restricted) are not needed to bring down a deer.
      Since restricted firearms can be legally used in Canada only at a recognized and approved shooting range, I find his statement about “bringing down a deer” a bit confusing.
      Do you think that banning and confiscating restricted long guns is going to change the way people hunt deer in Canada?

  2. John Noakes // April 28, 2020 at 7:13 AM // Reply

    There is some confusion here on my part.
    Hunting licences for resident hunters in BC expire on March 31 and new ones are issued effective April 1st. Are there actually any open seasons for big game, requiring a species licence, between January 1 and March 31?
    Were the Elk on Vancouver Island harvested legally or were they simply poached?

    Were the increased sales of ammunition south of our border in response to a need for harvesting animals to eat for sustenance?

    There is no intent to shoot this article full of holes. Questions are being asked to clarify what was stated.

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