This is the Letter I sent into the Daily News regarding hunting wolves and deer on the island.
Letter to the editor.
I would like to address some concerns to the people in Prince Rupert; I’m a first nation’s woman from the Tsimshian nation and my people have been here for more then 5000 years.
The Tsimshian people have a connection to the island and its animals. The four crests are the Raven, Eagle, Killerwhale and the Wolf; I’m from the Raven clan.
The Tsimshian have lived side by side with their wolf brothers since the begging of time. Wolves live in social groups called packs and are guided by a hierarchy system, much like our own ancestors lived. Many other first nations groups have modeled their family and society structures from the viewing of wolves and their social behaviour; we have learned lots from them and have even created dances, stories and art pieces by their inspiration.
Miss Barbara Green would be wrong to say that the deer were here before the coastal wolf, one can not live without the other and coastal wolves have been on the B.C. coast far longer then she thinks and on this island before European’s arrived. A new documentary is about to be released called “secrets of the coastal wolf” the coastal wolf is genetically different then the grey wolf, and could be much older. This species of wolf are only found on the coast of B.C.
Miss Barbra Green it’s also against the law to feed wild animals even the deer, there are hefty fines for those individuals who think throwing apples and carrots to deer is all right; you are part of the problem and not part of the solution if your feeding wild animals.
From my understanding the people need to be aware that wild animals are going to be part of our lives, so it’s up to each of Prince Rupert residents to educate themselves about the animals that live near us.
Lori Wright, in your letter you suggested that if the deer were all culled that the wolves would go after pets and children. Where is your proof that would happen? One only needs to look at Digby island to find the answers or any other small island on the coast; when food becomes scarce for the wolves they swim to the next island for deer. And as a matter of fact what makes the coastal wolf so unique is its adaptability to its surroundings. Coastal wolves have been found on the furthest islands, miles from the mainland surviving on a seafood diet. Lori and I quote you “Let the archery club practice their skills on wolves. I do not like to see any-thing killed; I am a great lover of all animals”. Except wolves I guess.
Bow-hunting still requires you to have a valid BC hunting Licence and Tags its not going to be a free for all. More animals will die a slow and painful death. I for one do not want to see a deer or wolf with an arrow sticking out of them and running through the streets of Rupert, or worse a human who was mistakenly hit by an arrow.
There is no doubt a few wolves and coyotes have adapted to human behaviour and the garbage that is left around. These animals need to be dealt with quickly before the rest of the pack is persecuted.
In closing either your part of the problem or the solution, you can’t sit on the fence feeding the deer hoping that the wolves will leave. It’s time to educate yourself with facts.