EDITORIAL – NDP’s plan to kill more moose cows, calves must be reversed

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An editorial byMel Rothenburger.

THE UTTER INSANITY of B.C.’s wildlife management practices is no more evident than in the NDP government’s plan to expand the hunting of cow and calf moose.

The logic is mind-blowing. It goes like this: caribou numbers have been declining due to loss of habitat and predation. In order to save the caribou from wolves, the plan is to shoot more anterless moose.

In so doing, the government’s rationale goes, wolves will kill fewer caribou because they won’t be moving into areas where moose are around and attacking the caribou as collateral damage.

One might think the wolves would be more inclined to hunt caribou if moose aren’t available but not according to the brain trusts who make such decisions for the government. Meanwhile, of course, this government is big on killing off more wolves, too.

Wildlife has long been mismanaged in this province but at least increasing the number of tags issued for species has usually been based on a perceived over-abundance of animals in a particular area, not on some cockamamie notion that killing more of one kind of prey will help another.

Moose in B.C., especially cow moose and their calves, need to be protected rather than targeted. Their numbers have been in decline due largely to loss of habitat, especially in recent wildfire years.

Despite NDP cabinet minister Doug Donaldson’s insistence that issuing more Limited Entry Hunting licences for cow moose and their calves is all very scientific, opponents of the hunt say the strategy doesn’t work.

The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. and more than 30 First Nations are among those concerned about moose populations. And a Williams Lake man named Dan Simmons started the Cow Moose Sign Project five years ago that urges a total moratorium on hunting them so they can recover.

The government can still do the right thing by reversing the expansion of this moose hunt.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at


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7 Comments on EDITORIAL – NDP’s plan to kill more moose cows, calves must be reversed

  1. control the predators! common sense

  2. Bob Gamble // June 10, 2020 at 7:42 AM // Reply

    The Government clearly has dropped the ball. Right or wrong, anytime you expand /reduce hunting or fishing opportunities there is going to be a upraising from one side or the other. What were they thinking?

    To Tony’s point, he’s bang on. It is nearly impossible for a layperson that wants to make a difference to penetrate any governmental fortress once the wheels are in motion. Waiting for the day when a elected person stands up and says; “just had a discussion with a walk-in and damn it s/he was bang on. What was I thinking”!

  3. Jennie Stadnichuk // June 8, 2020 at 10:29 PM // Reply

    I agree with all of the comments today with one additional note: Today, provincially and internationally our media is over-focused on a very important issue – the Anti Racist demonstrations protesting police action — however important this issue is, the media’s coverage leaves little time for any other news such as the Government’s Cow Moose kill and its other disastrous wildlife “management?” policies of the past.

  4. What do you suggest Pierre, when the party you otherwise think is the best option, makes choices such as this that you find vile and that you cannot agree with?

  5. Tony Brumell // June 8, 2020 at 12:47 PM // Reply

    Great article Mel. I just wonder have you ever tried to get a good idea across to a government academic ? Forget it ! They are so dammed arrogant that you will not be able to even talk with them let alone discuss alternate ideas. I experienced this recently when I tried to contact DFO with a thought on helping the Salmon through the Big Bar slide. I tried 5 times and actually went up to the DFO office twice and left messages but to zero avail.
    Also tell me one (just one ) segment of the environment that they have handled well. Fisheries ? Forestry ? Mining ? Agriculture ?
    Good luck with that.

  6. I have never voted for anyone other than the NDP Provincially and I think that is about to change. What goes through the minds of the people who make this garbage up? Its man encroaching and over hunting, meddling in nature that is the problem. The only thing that comes to my mind about the people who make these laws is “Born stupid and have not learned a thing since”. So sad for the wildlife and my disenchantment with the NDP.

    • Yes because all other previous governments were perfect….no question we need to question but please!

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