Wildsight concerned new B.C. wildlife management agency could shift responsibility from government

Wildsight is expressing their concern that a newly-announced wildlife management agency for B.C. will shift conservation management responsibility away from government.

Wildsight conservation director John Bergenske. Photo: Wildsight

Last week, the B.C. government announced the creation of a new wildlife management agency that would steer hunting licence revenue into wildlife management activities.

Read more about that announcement here.

In statements sent in the government media release, the announcement was applauded by hunting organizations like the B.C. Wildlife Federation, Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., And the B.C. Trappers Association.

However, environmental conservation group Wildsight is expressing concerns about the new agency, and a potential step away from science-based conservation to a new model.

Specifically, they’re concerned that the initiative could be an attempt to remove management responsibility away from government.

We spoke with Wildsight’s conservation director John Bergenske to hear more about their concerns.

Click the play button on the SoundCloud app below to hear our interview with Bergenske.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of revelstokemountaineer.com and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have aaron@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text him at 250-814-8710.