The Liberal candidates from the Kootenay East and Columbia River – Revelstoke constituencies say its a short term fix – but ungulates are dying in the region.
Tom Shypitka and Doug Clovechok, respectively, announced Monday they are donating a combined $10,000 to support programs feeding starving deer and elk.
The two were officially on the campaign trail, making the announcement alongside the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Foundation as they unloaded hay in the Cherry Creek area.
The local organization announced earlier this year,for the first time in two decades, they would be helping the animals access food after populations were hit hard by this winter’s harsh conditions.
The group says record snowfall and low temperatures have buried natural sources.
Shypitka, who is currently a Cranbrook City Councillor and looking to succeed Bill Bennett in Kootenay East, says they’ve heard the concerns.
He says everyone has been affected by this winter, even the animals.
Clovechuk says he realizes the initiative is a last resort and they’re just trying to get them through what’s been a tough, tough, winter and get them over that hump to the Spring.
The Columbia River – Revelstoke Liberal nominee suggests they could no more after a Wildlife Management Roundtable takes place in Cranbrook this weekend.
Local politicians from all levels of government, members of hunting and conservation groups, and First Nations have been invited to attend.
The non-partisan event aims to build off the different parties’ common interests and help animal populations in the region.
Shypitka did agree issues surrounding wildlife populations in the region could be a main focal point heading into May’s provincial vote.
– Josh Hoffman
– Kootenay East Liberal candidate Tom Shypitka
– Columbia River – Revelstoke candidate Doug Clovechok