The MLA for Columbia River – Revelstoke says British Columbians are beginning to see the effects of decades worth of poor wildlife management.
Doug Clovechok is weighing-in on the controversy surrounding the BC Government issuing deer cull permits to Invermere, which is in his riding, and Cranbrook, in the neighbouring Kootenay-East riding.
Critics argue destroying the animals doesn’t fix the problem while municipalities are calling for more options or to have the province to deal with it.
Clovechok, who believes culls do provide a viable solution, suggests the frustration stems from a much larger issue.
One that stretches back 60 years according to the Columbia River – Revelstoke representative who argues wildlife isn’t a Liberal problem or NDP problem, it’s a BC problem.
He admits his party fell short addressing the issue when in power but does point out the BC Liberals did propose handing wildlife management over to an indepedent committee ahead of the 2017 election and suggests the New Democrats and Greens should follow through on it.
He says just like the agreement with the Freshwater Fishers Society in 2015, government should let the decisions be made by groups like the Fish and Wildlife Branch, BC Wildlife Federation, East Kootenay Wildlife Association and Wildsight.
Clovechok is concerned the ruling NDP aren’t approaching the issue properly.
He suggests they have an emotion-based perspective on wildlife management when these decisions need to be made by experts based on sound science.
– Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok