Concerns being raised about "wildlife killing contests"

Environmentalists are asking the provincial government to intervene after several hunting groups in the B-C Interior promoted contests for killing various predators.

Forty-seven members of pro-animal groups have sent an open letter to the minister of forests, demanding an end to all ``wildlife-killing contests'' across the province.

One of the events, being held in Williams Lake, is being dubbed a ``wolf-whacking'' contest.

The open letter also mentions a "predator tournament" hosted by the Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club; and another contest hosted by the West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club.

The ministry says it doesn't condone or encourage wildlife-killing contests, but notes there are no rules that prevent them from being held.