Miley Cyrus Teams With Biologist Squad for Wolf Conservation
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to advocate for social causes on Instagram. What’s more unusual is for a meme to inspire an international research project.
Such was the case when Miley Cyrus jetted north to British Columbia over the weekend with brother Braison, for a wildlife excursion that was organized with the help of Canadian conservation nonprofit Pacific Wild. The siblings joined a crew of biologists to explore a lush coastal region dubbed the Great Bear Rainforest by conservationists. It’s home to grizzly bears, salmon, whales, and wolves, among other creatures.
The wolf culls, which involve shooting groups of wolves from helicopters, were instated as a means of protecting the region’s endangered caribou—for whom wolves can be predatory—but many scientists and conservationists maintain that it's an ineffective and cruel way of doing so.
Greig Bethel, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, says the wolf culls are a temporary, short-term solution intended as a last resort to save the caribou. The program resulted in the deaths of 84 wolves last winter. “Every other mitigation effort, including addressing habitat protection and recovery, has already been well under way for some time,” he said via email.