Graphic photos depicting wolves killed by gunfire from helicopters were finally released to the environmental charity Pacific Wild Alliance by government authorities.
Forty-six pages of photographs related to the wolf cull that took place between 2015 and 2022 were released to Pacific Wild, who is now sharing them with the public. Please note these photographs are disturbing and may not be appropriate for all viewers or readers. The wolf cull, which has run for eight years at a cost of over $8 million in taxpayer dollars, is being called as unethical, unscientific, and inhumane.
“Some of the released photos do not align with what people would consider ethical treatment of wildlife,” says Pacific Wild animal law lawyer Rebeka Breder. “The government has repeatedly claimed that the cull is humane, but this photographic evidence suggests otherwise. This cull is inhumane and, in many cases, causes unnecessary suffering to wildlife.”
Internal government documents suggest that thousands of other photos, as well as videos, should be on file from the cull, but have not been released. Pacific Wild has issued a follow-on letter to the Province of B.C. and is continuing to consider their legal options for holding the government to account for its treatment of wolves.