The next victims of Steve Harper's bitumen fetish are to be thousands of grey or timber wolves. Harper passed a death sentence on them, slaughtering one species supposedly to take himself off the hook for endangering another.
Expanding Tar Sands production is contributing to the decline of caribou herds. Harper's solution is to again alter nature and take out the caribou's natural predator, the wolf. Emulating the practices of Harper's dream gal, Sarah Palin, part of the wolf cull will see helicopter hunting. Other wolves will be felled with strychnine-laced baits. The wolf kill programme is expected to last five years.
Harper EnviroShill Peter Kent says he finds the kill off regrettable but necessary.