Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cyrus Confident Science and Sentiment Coincide in Battle against Wolf Cull

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cyrus Confident Science and Sentiment Coincide in Battle against Wolf Cull

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Wolf cull opponent Miley Cyrus visits B.C.

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VICTORIA - Miley Cyrus didn't see any wolves, but her visit to British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest convinced her that killing wolves to save endangered caribou is wrong, says the conservation group that hosted the music superstar.

Cyrus and her brother Braison spent the weekend around Klemtu, about 600 kilometres north of Vancouver, meeting with wolf experts and local First Nations.

"She had a dozen grizzly bears wandering the estuary around her as they were feeding on salmon," Pacific Wild director Ian McAllister said Monday. "She got to see humpback whales breaching 20 feet from the boat. It was really a supernatural experience for her in the wilds of B.C."

But the closest Cyrus got to a wolf was seeing tracks, he said.

Cyrus recently asked her 28.8 million Instagram followers to sign a Pacific Wild petition to stop the wolf cull in B.C. The petition has since grown to almost 200,000 signatures.

Premier Christy Clark reacted sharply to Cyrus's call to end the wolf kill earlier this month, saying the singer didn't know enough about B.C.'s environmental plan to be jumping into the debate.

Clark then quipped that if the province needed help on its twerking policy, it may contact Cyrus about her dance moves.

"I think it was the fact the premier was so rude to her that she really started to dig deeper into this issue," McAllister said.

Cyrus was not available for comment Monday, but Pacific Wild released video of her visit to B.C.

She said in the video that she saw grizzly bears and was truly amazed seeing spawning salmon.

"The reason why I'm here is I want to see the wolf cull ended," said Cyrus, who admitted to using her celebrity status for the cause and called her voice a megaphone.

"What I do is really unimportant," Cyrus said. "I'm not a biologist. …

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