WITHOUT PREY, THERE ARE NO PREDATORS | PART 2

In an imaginary world would there be lynx without snowshoe hare?  Cougars without deer?  Or wolves without moose?

Maybe an imaginary concept at the provincial level, but certainly not at the local scale.

Predators do not exist without prey, yet prey can exist without predators, but in nature’s reality, both predators and prey live best when they are in balance with each other, their food supply, and environmental conditions.  And before you call this incorrect, yes, bears being omnivores, can exist on a diet consisting of mainly vegetative materials, but given the opportunity, will select a hearty protein meal of prey every time.

In a carefully crafted and coordinated campaign, our influential Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGO) deliberately ignore nature.  Big money ensures they can continually broadcast and twist reality to a misinformed, yet trusting and naïve public, claiming predators need help, that somehow, predators can exist in conditions when their primary prey shows alarming declines or in some cases, is already absent.

Whether it be salmon along BC’s coast that our bears and orcas depend upon, ungulates in BC’s crown jewels of the Spatsizi, Muskwa or Kechika that sustain wolves and bears, or in the Okanagan uplands where mule deer ensure cougars can feed their kittens, one fact is clear:

BC’s prey species are in trouble and need our help.

The delicate balance required to keep healthy populations of both prey and predator is out of kilter.  And, if our ENGO’s get their way, it will swing even further in favour of predators.

Multiple big money campaigns aimed at convincing an unsuspecting public and influencing governments to stop all predator management (including hunting) proceed at a record pace, and for the most part, is being endorsed by a willing government.

It is not rocket science to predict the outcome.

When primary prey becomes scarce, predators begin to rely more on their secondary prey as their favoured source of protein, then the third and so forth, until the day when there is an insufficient prey to sustain their populations.  When that day occurs, predator population will collapse and then, assuming there are still sufficient prey species scattered across the landscape, prey populations will slowly begin to rebuild.

The return of most large prey species to their former population levels can take decades. Some prey populations such as the southern mountain caribou, may disappear long before the predators run out of prey and never return.

The twist in this reality is not just the purview, responsibility, and result of the ENGO stop hunting campaign.

We now have multiple generations that have grown up watching countless movie and television productions featuring a predator with a comedic name and the capacity to think and act like humans.  A show where the hero of this movie, never catches and begins eating its prey long before the prey’s heart quits beating.  We also have grown up with a few movies about prey, where they too have been given names and human characteristics, but they to, are never shown as being caught and consumed by their arch enemy, the predator.

We understand why movies are shown this way.  Reality doesn’t always make for the best story, nor is it something that young children should see.  But the reality is, we have trained multi-generations to now believe that nature’s reality is not the truth, and that needs to be corrected.

Hunters for BC – SCI’s program “Without Prey, there are no Predators” aims to change BC’s narrative to one that brings a sense of sanity to the conversation about the relationships between prey and their predators; one that ensures BC once again returns to the place that was once known for our abundance of wildlife.