B.C. wildfires threaten thousands of cattle

Small livestock and horses can be saved, but cattle too difficult to move, says B.C. Cattlemen’s Association

By Cory Correia, CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2017 2:45 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 3:22 PM PT

Cattle at the Tatton Springs Ranch in 100 Mile House sift through the burnt grass in search of food. (Ryan Maljaars )

 

While wildfires in the B.C. Interior have forced thousands of people to flee their homes, attention is now turning to how ranchers can save their livestock.

The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association is connecting ranchers who need to move their livestock with people who can help get horses and smaller animals out of evacuation areas with trailers. But the association says thousands of cattle can’t be helped.

According to general manager Kevin Boon, the challenge with most cattle is they are often spread out over thousands of acres of land, making it onerous to round them up.

“You might have a thousand head out on 40 or 50-thousand acres of land, and you have no way of pinpointing exactly where they are,” said Boon.

Ryan and Esther Maljaars were forced from their ranch in 100 Mile House in a hurry last Thursday due to the aggressive wildfire closing in on the town.

They left with their four children, three dogs, and two cats, but had to leave their cattle — their livelihood.

“When we left the fire was bearing down pretty hard, and we chased [the cattle] down into a swamp area,” said Ryan Maljaars.

The fire stopped just short of Maljaars’ farmhouse. (Ryan Maljaars)

Maljaars managed to get back to his place on Saturday to get a look at his ranch.

“Everything was scorched until we came to our place … most of the fields were burnt up around near the house. I came around the corner and there were all my cows just standing there.

“So that was the most welcome sight I’ve ever seen,” said Maljaars.

Checkpoints restricting access

Maljaars is among the lucky ones. His house is safe and his cows still have a week or two of grass to eat, but some of his neighbours lost their homes and grassland, leaving their cattle with little food.

Maljaars still wants to get back to his ranch to tend to his livestock, but like many ranchers, he is being refused re-entry by the RCMP.

Scorched earth lines the roads in 100 Mile House. (Ryan Maljaars)

“The RCMP have a job to do, too. They can’t just let anybody in. There’s a lot of vacant houses out there, there’s opportunity for looting,” said Boon.

Boon says the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association is liaising with the RCMP to get people access at the checkpoints so they can transport or tend to their livestock.

He estimates that 10,000 cattle are affected, and only a small portion have been moved.

While Boon expects some cattle won’t survive, he is confident many can endure the harsh conditions.

He does worry cattle will start to range on their own and enter the highways as fences burn.

“We’ve already had an incident of animals being hit by traffic. We want to make sure that people are aware they’re still out there,” said Boon.

If you have livestock in need of evacuation, or you can help haul cattle for other people, send an email with details to wild…@cattlemen.bc.ca.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wildfires-livestock-cattle-ranchers-1.4199339

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Grizzly chases group of hikers and their dog in Banff

Remember the bear that chased the woman and her dogs last month? Well, she has struck again.

Now notorious, bear No. 148 chased a group of hikers and their dog Momo on Sunday during a hike near Mount Norquay in Banff National Park.

When they first encountered the large bear, the group of three began to slowly pack away, but quickly turned to running when the mammal didn’t stop advancing.

“When we noticed that it was chasing us, we just tried to keep the pace and not panic,” Dominic Cyr, one of the hikers, told CTV. “Usually you are not supposed to show your back and we were not supposed to run but at the same time it was coming toward us.”

When the animal charged one of the hikers, the group was forced to release their dog, Momo. The grizzly followed the dog, giving the hikers a chance to get away. When the dog returned, and brought the bear with it, they continued to evade the animal until they met up with Parks Canada staff and found shelter in their truck.

“They’re lucky to be OK,” Kim Tichener, founder of Bear Safety & More, told the Calgary Herald. “This bear has followed and approached people in the past, which is concerning because you have a younger bear that has learned people are not that scary. I wish they had a can of bear spray that day because I think spraying that bear would have taught that bear that approaching people is not a good idea.”

“We were pretty much shocked all day yesterday. We could barely eat and we just kept talking about the fact we almost got mauled and killed by a grizzly bear. At least we’re alive,” Cyr said.

Though traumatic, the group didn’t let this encounter scare them off. The next day, this adventurous trio (and Momo, of course) hiked the Tunnel Mountain trail—but this time, they brought bear spray.

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Grizzly bear trophy hunting will continue under all the political “bans.”

Animal Alliance of Canada
BC Animal Advocates – Please share widely!

– The Liberals, NDP and Greens all plan to allow trophy hunting of Grizzlies to continue! The Greens and NDP are just giving sport/trophy hunters loopholes.

~ If we want to save the lives of Grizzlies and all wild animals, now, during election time, we must get our message through to every candidate!

The Greens and the NDP are playing coy with the issue by allowing Grizzlies to be hunted as long as the entire body is packed out, or the body is supposedly used for meat; green-washing the Grizzly hunt by making sport and trophy hunting look like subsistence hunting.

This is simply a loop-hole that will allow any trophy hunter to use a guiding service who will take care of the bear’s body for them, leaving them to thrill-kill Grizzlies and keep the heads and hides as their disgusting trophies. Even the Greens! Even the Greens won’t commit to truly protecting BC’s wild animals.

The attached article is provided by an independent candidate running in the riding of Victoria-Beacon Hill, Jordan Reichert.

Jordan is employed by Animal Alliance of Canada, and is the West coast representative for the Animal Protection Party of Canada.

http://www.jordanreichert.ca/grizzly-bear-trophy-hunting-w…/

Over 15,748 Seal Pups Killed in 3 Days

http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-15,748-seal-pups-killed.html

An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

HarpSeals.org
April 2017

Sealers have killed 15,748 harp seal pups in just 3 days.

canadian seal hunt

Sealers have killed 15,748 harp seal pups in just 3 days. These seal pups are just a few weeks old, and many are just learning how to swim. Sealers on a killing spree of this magnitude will almost certainly neglect to carefully check whether all the seals they have shot and/or beatened are really dead before dragging them onto their boats and/or skinning them.

seal mother and baby

The Canadian government continues to stand by this ‘industry’, claming that it is important to Atlantic Canada and the fishermen who participate in this massacre. In reality, it represents a tiny fraction of the provincial economies of Newfoundland and Quebec, where most of the sealers come from, and just a small percentage of each sealer’s income.

Please take action.

1. Distribute leaflets where you live. Send us an email with the number of leaflets that you want and your mailing address – contact@harpseals.org .

2. Organize or participate in a protest. Let us know if you are interested in either organizing or participating. We will help bring activists together – contact@harpseals.org .

3. Send emails and/or write letters to Canadian government officials and tourism industry officials and also to the Chinese government, to urge the country to ban seal product imports – Find that information at  http://www.harpseals.org/help/letters_and_emails/index.php

4. Boycott Canadian seafood and tourism.