A Wildlife Photographer Raises Concerns on Balancing Tourism & Conservation in a Canadian National Park

Ep. 09: Balancing Tourism with Conservation in Banff National

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Get exposed to the world of one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife and nature photographers. EXPOSED with John E. Marriott is the culmination of his life’s work — a documentary-style, no-holds-barred web series in which John profiles his favourite locations and subjects, shares tips and how-tos for aspiring photographers, and tackles the important and controversial issues in wildlife conservation.

National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3.

Source: National Geographic Weird & Wild

Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood By Alexandra E. Petri

August 3, 2016
Unlike their interior cousins, coastal wolves of Vancouver Island live with two paws in the ocean and two paws on land.

They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada’s Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests.
British filmmaker Bertie Gregory was one of the lucky ones: He saw coastal wolves—also known as sea wolves—in 2011.
“There is something about being in the presence of a coastal wolf—they just have this magic and aura around them,” he says.
That experience inspired him to return and document the animals for National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3. (to read full article click HERE)


A collection of favorite wolf photographs by Canadian Wilderness photographer John E Marriott 

Awhile back I messaged John E Marriott and asked if I could use his photographs on my blog.  I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. This blog post is full of my favorite photographs from John E Marriott’s Wilderness Prints enjoy the view! 

  

Wild Wolf Pup by John E Marriott 

“I am not formally trained as a photographer, but rather have learned by trial and error as I’ve gone along. I have also been lucky enough to have met and forged friendships with some incredibly interesting and skilled photographers over the years that I have gleaned information from: Al Williams, Jeff Waugh, Alec Pytlowany, Darwin Wiggett, Tom Murphy, and Terry Berezan come to mind. Unfortunately I never did get to meet the photographer I most wanted to — Japanese wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino, who died in Kamchatka, Russia in 1997.”  From John E Marriott biography

  

Wolf pack on a road in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

  

Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

  
Wild wolf chewing on a bone in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriot 

  

Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

  
Wolf pack in winter in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

  

Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies By John E Marriott 

  

Wild radio-collared wolf by John E Marriott 

  

Wild wolf, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada By John E Marriott 

  
Wolf pack on a road in winter in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 


John E Marriott has a wildlife Photography tour company, aptly named, Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours, which has been extremely successful. I was fortunate enough to lead 4 tours in 2010, as well as 8 tours in 2011 and 9 tours in 2012 to places like the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Great Bear Rainforest, and the edges of Hudson Bay in Nunavut.


“My primary hope with this site is that it will give you a taste for my style of photography and for what the wilds of Canada are like, creating in you a longing to visit or re-visit magical areas like the Canadian Rockies and see them like you’ve never seen them before. I fell in love with this place long ago, and want you too to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and Canada and capture the secrets you discover on a camera.” ~John E Marriott 


It’s rare to find truly wild wolf photographs with exception of John E Marriott. Marriott has captured the essence of the wild in his wolf prints.  ~Rachel 

You can find John E Marriott’s prints for sale click HERE to view more wolf photographs





Fort McMurray wildfire likely killed all wildlife in its path: expert

By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist Global News Source

EDMONTON – The fire that swept through Fort McMurray and still rages through the northern forest likely destroyed all wildlife in its path, according to one expert. But the disaster’s impact on wildlife has yet to be documented.


“There’s not very much that can survive those fires,” Lu Carbyn, an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta as well as a leading expert on wolf biology, says. “In some cases, if the fire’s not too hot, and if you are a burrowing species – like some species of rodents and so on, and maybe even some species of insects, although that’s doubtful – there may be some small elements that might survive pockets of fires but certainly broad scale, there would be massive destruction of anything that’s caught up in these fires.”
“Wildlife populations have adjusted to take this sort of long-term change into consideration – I mean that’s evolution,” the retired research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service says. “What happens in big fires is that plant succession would be set back and as a result there would be a rejuvenation of the process of the maturation of plant systems. So you’d have stages that are sort of the latter part of plant succession and some that are at the earlier stages of plant succession, and so different wildlife complexes would adjust to those different successional stages.”
Plant succession refers to changes in vegetation in a specific area over a period of time and is dependent on factors like disasters, changing conditions or human activity. While area wildlife will adjust to these changes over time, Carbyn says the fire would have been catastrophic to most animals in the area in the immediate aftermath of the blaze. Click here to go to full article


Calgary documentary about wolves wins Humane Society’s Genesis Award

Source: ERIC VOLMERS, CALGARY HERALD More from Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald Published on: April 22, 2016 

  

A Calgary TV documentary investigating Alberta’s management of wolves has picked up a prestigious international award from the Humane Society.
Geordie Day’s Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves, which was produced by Pyramid Productions, aired last May on CTV and examined the province’s controversial use of wire snares, strychnine poisoning and bounty hunters to kill wolves.
Earlier this week, the film received the Genesis Award for International TV Documentary by the Humane Society of the United States, which hands out awards each year to film, television, radio, music and arts productions that raise awareness of animal issues.
This year, awards also went to Louise Psihoyos’ feature documentary Racing Extinction, ABC’s 20/20 for its investigative piece on the killing of Cecil the lion and comedian Aziz Ansari, who won the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for his “factory farming rant” on the Netflix special Live at Madison Square Garden.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCarteny, Ricky Gervais and Prince have all been past recipients. 

Photograph Courtesy, Pyramid Productions CALGARY HERALD

An Education Initiative about Three Persecuted Species – Coyote, Wolf, Bear 

Coyote-Wolf-Bear Education Initiative involves Sampson, Barron and McIntosh. Taking to the road traveling town to town, engaging citizens. Removing the myths regarding coyote, wolf and bear. Stay tuned for more to come! Meet our team! Email: coyotewolfbear@outlook.com (copy and paste email).

  

Increase in wolf hunting activity on trail network concerns residents in B.C., Canada.

This is a real safety concern for recreational users along public trails. Source: Shooting of wolves prompts warning Increase in hunting activity on trail network concerns residents Chris Bolster / Powell River Peak April 6, 2016

The recent shooting of three wolves near Duck Lake is a warning for residents to take care while on the trails of the popular network east of Powell River, but a local trail builder said he is more concerned with hunters than their targets.
Wayne Brewer, a member of the Chain Gang, a local group that develops and maintains mountain bike trails in and around Duck Lake, said it is not the wildlife that worries him.
“You go into the bush, you take your chances, but now I’m more concerned about someone shooting into the bush while I’m there,” he said.
While parts of Duck Lake are open for legal hunting, there is also a BC Parks protected area where no hunting or shooting is permitted from June 16 to September 9 each year. The problem is no one, except BC Parks, really knows where those boundaries are, according to Pat Walsh, president of Powell River Outdoor Recreation Users Group Trail Society.
Walsh said signage is in the works that will be posted around the boundaries and at trailheads outlining area rules.
He agreed the current situation puts recreation users at risk. “It’s dangerous,” said Walsh. “People are running, hiking and biking along those trails unseen to people shooting.” Click HERE to read more.

DANGEROUS TRAILS: Local hiker and mountain biker Wayne Brewer said he is concerned about wolf hunting activity close to the Duck Lake trail network and the safety of residents enjoying recreation in the area. Contributed photo

In Canada, Ontario government decides to scrap their ill-advised proposal to increase the hunting of wolves and coyotes.

Government is finally listening to science. Source: April 6, 2016 Ontario Government Scraps Proposal to Increase Hunting of Wolves and Coyotes

Animal protection and conservation groups encourage responsible approach to wildlife management

Humane Society International/Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Born Free, Canadians for Bears, Coyote Watch Canada, Earthroots, Wolf Awareness, Zoocheck

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has scrapped a plan to allow increased killing of wolves and coyotes across the province. The poorly-conceived proposal was branded as an effort to protect moose populations, yet even the province’s own data showed that the indiscriminate killing of predators is not an effective wildlife management practice. 
A coalition of animal protection and conservation organizations in Ontario and across Canada worked to oppose this proposal. The coalition is comprised of: Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Born Free, Canadians for Bears, Coyote Watch Canada, Earthroots, Humane Society International/Canada, Wolf Awareness and Zoocheck. The groups released the following statements in response to the MNRF’s proposal:
“We welcome the Ontario government’s decision to scrap their ill-advised proposal to increase the hunting of wolves and coyotes,” said Gabriel Wildgen, campaign manager for HSI/Canada. “The Ontario public cares about animals, and it would be simply inexcusable to allow the indiscriminate killing of some of our most majestic wild animals at the behest of special interest groups. The best available science does not support scapegoating and targeting of a species to make up for wildlife and habitat mismanagement.” Click HERE to read more.

  

 
Image: John E. Marriott Photography

The Latest News on Brittish Columbia’s Unethical Wolf Hunt from Earth Island Journal

British Columbia Government Using ‘Judas’ Wolf in Unethical Hunt, Say Wildlife Advocates BY ELIZABETH CLAIRE ALBERTS – MARCH 9, 2016
Collared wolf may be kept alive to help government track and kill pack members time and time again

The mass killing of gray wolves in British Columbia (BC) has ignited a bitter feud between Canadian government officials and conservationists. The government has insisted that the cull, which began in early 2015, is the only way to save the critically endangered mountain caribou, while wildlife advocates argue that wolves are merely being scapegoated for habitat loss in the region. In recent weeks, the battle has heated up with the release of audio clips of recorded interview with a retired wildlife patrol guide who outlines the controversial methods used in the culls.  

In the interview, released by the nonprofit Wildlifr Defence League the man — who remains anonymous but claims to work for the BC government’s caribou recovery program — explains that a wolf is caught in foot traps, tranquilized, and fitted with a radio collar. When the collared wolf rejoins his pack, the entire pack can then be tracked and killed by gunmen in helicopters. Above the sound of rattling machinery, the source also reveals that the collared wolf is kept alive to track and kill any new pack members: “They leave that one with the radio collar to live, and now they can come back, and okay he’s got buddies, better take them out.” Although the source didn’t specify whether the wolf would be kept alive for next season’s cull, members of the Wildlife Defence League believe that he will be. [to read more on: British Columbia Government Using ‘Judas’ Wolf in Unethical Hunt, Say Wildlife Advocates, click HERE]

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Image: Ian McAllister

News on the B. C. Wolf Cull

Wildlife group calls wolf cull practices into question Mike Carter / Alaska Highway News March 2,  

Photogrpah Wildlife Defence League

 
As the province shifts the focus of its wolf cull to the South Peace, an environmental group continues to raise questions about the use of a “Judas wolf” to track and kill the predators during last year’s cull in the South Selkirk Mountains.
The B.C. government says the wolf cull, part of the Caribou Recovery Plan, will help mitigate risks to dwindling caribou populations in both regions.
The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) claims the cull involves a lone radio collared wolf — named after the biblical story of the disciple Judas — that is reportedly left alive and tracked so it can lead hunters to its pack.
“This solitary wolf would be tracked as he instinctively (searches) for a new family, only to be traumatized yet again as his new pack is slaughtered before his eyes,” the League wrote in a a Feb. 27 release.
“The (B.C. government) have publicly stated that their wolf cull is being conducted in a humane manner, but the information uncovered during our field campaign contradicts such a claim.”
The WDL was referring to unconfirmed recordings it released last month of a conversation its operatives had with a worker in the Caribou Recovery Program that described how a so-called “Judas” wolf is used.
In an email exchange with the Alaska Highway News, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations spokesperson Greig Bethel denied the group’s claims.
“The Wildlife Defence League is incorrect,” he wrote. “There was not a lone collared wolf left behind last year as a ‘Judas’ wolf.”
Bethel however did confirm that wolves will be radio collared during the South Peace cull, but that their movements are only being tracked to see if they were entering caribou habitats.
“The ministry is only removing wolves that pose an active threat to endangered mountain caribou,” Bethel wrote. “Radio collars transmit the wolves’ movements and let ministry biologists know whether wolves are in the core caribou habitat.”
On Feb. 23, WDL released audio and transcripts it says prove the government’s use of a Judas wolf.
In the recordings, which Alaska Highway News was not able to independently verify, field operatives with WDL speak to an unnamed man in the South Selkirk region who identifies himself as a retired wildlife patrol guide working on the province’s Caribou Recovery Program.
The man describes the process of how a wolf is radio collared and used to lead hunters to the pack.
“They just left one with a radio collar on and then they can buzz in (and) see if he’s got new recruitment,” he said. “You got a radio collar on it and they know where the one is at and they leave that one with a radio collar to live and now they can come back and (see) OK, he’s got buddies, better take them out.”
Tommy Knowles, campaign director with WDL, said in an email that the group will not be conducting its own investigations in the South Peace as it did in the South Selkirk, because of the “complicated political situation.”
“(The) West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations support the wolf cull,” he wrote. “We recognize that their traditional territory encompasses the area where the cull is taking place and without consent, we didn’t feel like it was right to campaign there.”
Knowles added his organization recognizes the important role caribou play in the traditional culture of Indigenous people in British Columbia.
“Still, we adamantly disagree with the wolf cull as a tactic to recover the endangered herds and believe that only habitat protection and restoration will bring caribou back to sustain a healthy population,” he wrote.
Knowles said despite the government’s stated role in protecting caribou, it has allowed industrial development to “decimate critical caribou habitat.”
The wolf cull is already underway in the South Peace near Chetwynd. The ministry says it will not report the results until the spring.
In late November 2015, Saulteau First Nations Chief Nathan Parenteau told the Alaska Highway News that he supports the cull.
“Moose, caribou, everything is getting hammered by (wolves), ” he said during a signing ceremony with provincial government ministers.
“It’s a matter of balance,” he added. “We’ve put it into an area where it’s unbalanced, now we have to bring that balance back. Part of that may be a cull.”
The wolf cull is entering its second year and is planned to last five years. The cull will be reviewed after four years.
In 2015, the ministry says 73 wolves were removed in the South Peace, short of it’s original goal of 160.
“The original removal goal was an estimate of the maximum number of wolves that might be removed, not a quota,” Bethel wrote.
He said the number of wolves to be removed in 2016 and in future years will depend on how quickly wolves re-populate the areas and how effective the program is.
Bethel says the ministry will not be releasing the name of the contractor it has hired to carry out the wolf cull in the South Peace due to “threats to personal safety of those involved in caribou recovery/wolf removal activities.”
There are seven herds of caribou populations in the South Peace: the Quintette, Moberly, Scott, Kennedy Siding, Burnt Pine, Narraway and Graham.