On the hunt for proper facts

There has been a lot of confusion that goes along with the issue of a mountain goat being harvested in September in Valhalla Park.

Re: “Hunting issue needs time,” December 7

There has been a lot of confusion that goes along with the issue of a mountain goat being harvested in September in Valhalla Provincial Park and it is my opinion this confusion has been purposely initiated by the local media, a group of rock climbers that frequent the area and eco-terrorists from New Denver who were known to spike trees.

The “campsite” in question is an unauthorized alteration of a BC provincial park built by an elitist user group of rock climbers so they can habituate to human contact the wild mountain goat of the area of this park for their own selfish purposes of “getting closer and closer to nature” at the peril of the animals.

In essence they are taming these wild mountain goats with their frequent and persistent familiarity to get closer to them making this their very own elitist petting zoo.

Proposal 382 was pushed through with no normal participation required to have public consultation taking those who are participating in a proper manner by surprise and is cloaked in a public safety concern, a Mountain Goat Management Plan, the Parks Act, the Firearms Act, and because “mountain goats in this area have become habituated to human presence and provide for significant viewing opportunities.”

I only became aware of this proposal on December 9 only because of some obscure comment made in a forum mentioning Nelson, where I was born and raised. What I have learned in the last five days has sickened and disgusted me. Will these eco-terrorists never tire of exaggerating and making up issues to get their will enforced on all the rest of us?

Apparently not.

Very little of what was reported in recent articles is close to being factual. The hunter in question complied with all laws and there is absolutely no evidence to the claim that “the head and hide were taken to hang on the hunter’s wall.”

Even if that were the case, it would still be legal and prudent because all parts of the animal would have been used.

This area is subject to limited entry hunting and so the number of mountain goats harvested is very strictly controlled.

Ken Olychick



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