The BC SPCA can’t stop a cull happening in your community, unless the methods are inhumane under the law. If you witness an animal in distress during a cull, call our Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722. Document evidence by taking videos or photographs, but do not trespass on private property.
The BC SPCA is opposed to culling animals when there is no evidence to support it, or it can’t be done humanely. International and BC SPCA experts agree there are many steps that must first be taken to justify ethical wildlife control.
The BC SPCA recommends using non-lethal strategies to solve human-deer conflict. Communities should aim to prevent conflict by educating residents about co-existing with urban deer. Culling is only a temporary solution and should not be a default practice.
Wolf culls in B.C. and Alberta have drawn significant criticism. Experts criticize the inhumane methods and lack of evidence that killing wolves will save caribou or other species. Culling can break up wolf pack structures and create an imbalance with other species in the area. Even with skilled shooters, shooting wolves from helicopters can cause stress and death may not be quick and painless.