Category Archives: Alberta wildies

Blueprint to raise the bar – Alberta

Raising the bar

Over the last 3 decades, the Alberta landscape has increasingly been taken over by private interests. The “multi-use” reassurance has often degenerated to abuse as Fish & Wildlife has seen its conservation mandate decline to insignificance.

If the short-sighted often unmitigated multi-use of our crown land has become business as usual, it is time to become unreasonable and create a new vision.

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I propose the following blueprint:

1. Rebuild our Fish & Wildlife agency and populate it with bright wildlife managers AND conservation biologists.

2. Move Fish & Wildlife Officers out of Solicitor General’s office where they are isolated and bring them back in the game within the F & W agency.

3. Give some teeth to compliance and oversight – abuse of the land by whatever party must STOP.

4. Headwaters and Fisheries must be a priority again: drinking water, flood prevention and tourism should be taken more seriously. Really.

5. Open public consultations – there is a wealth of genius out there and exchange of info will bring clarity to issues for all.

(Get rid of advisory committees: if the feral horse one is any indication, they are stellar examples of ineptitude and incompetence, never mind unacceptably secretive).

6. Single portfolio ministry – raising standards handling the Alberta landscape is a gigantic task, who has time to handle Status of Women as well?

We need to STOP seeing our wildlife and ecosystems as overburden and see them as precious resources of which we hold stewardship.
Don’t you agree?

Inquisitive Wildies in logged area by Duane Starr Photography
Thank you to all who contributed suggestions by email or snail mail.

Dr. Judith Samson-French

Time to be unreasonable

Recently I have strongly decried wolf poisoning, coyote kill festivals and secretive wild horses culls.

What do they have in common?
1. They are not scientifically based
2. They are not humane
3. And they are not socially responsible


Peace time - wildies in Alberta

These very poor wildlife management methods cause much discord and chaos for all. Time to turn this around and be unreasonable, next post.

Duane Starr Photography – peace time

Dr. Judith Samson-French

Who owns Alberta Wildies?

Cecil the lion always ‘belonged’ to trophy hunters.
He lived in the wild but on borrowed time.
Cecil’s time was up when trophy hunter Palmer decided it was.

And so it is with entire ecosystems across the world.
Alberta is no different.
Wildies in logged area near Sundre Alberta
Alberta has sold/given crown land rights away to extraction companies, ranchers and hunters decades ago.
In doing so, Alberta has privatized chunks of crown land and abandoned its role as steward to become a landlord.
Often, a very generous landlord.
Wild animals and their habitats, a cherished public heritage, are now at the mercy of short-sighted private industry groups.

And so every year, the charade of evaluating secretive information (not accessible to public) about Wildies to decide their fate has become a disappointing winter ritual.
But really who owns the Wildies?

Isn’t it time for Alberta to transition back from a landlord role to one of stewardship?

The conflict of nature’s ownership, Wildies in clearcut area by Duane Starr Photography

Dr. Judith Samson-French