Like we needed biologists to tell us this!
The dwindling elk and moose population in B.C.’s East Kootenay can only be saved by culling predators like wolves, cougars and bears, say a growing number of hunters and biologists.
Elk herds that used to have 1,000 members now have 200, and only produce 15 to 20 calves a year, says wildlife ecologist Bob Jamieson.
Those calves are not surviving to adulthood, due to pressure from predators, he says, and entire herds have already disappeared in some areas.
“We’ve always said [predators] kill the old and the weak. But the fact is they kill the old and the weak, and very large number of the young,” said Jamieson.
Governments and biologists already manage most aspects of the ecosystem, including logging rates and competition for grazing between livestock and wild herds, he said.
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