'Riled up': Miley Cyrus visits B.C. to discuss wolf cull
Published Sunday, September 20, 2015 8:30PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 20, 2015 9:16PM EDT
Miley Cyrus travelled to B.C. this weekend, to discuss the province's wolf cull with local First Nations representatives.
The popstar has been outspoken about B.C.'s decision to allow contractors, in helicopters, to kill 84 wolves between January and April of this year.
Cyrus made the two-day trip to Klemtu, B.C., to learn more about the cull and bring further attention to the issue.
Tim McGrady, who works at Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, said Cyrus showed her "passion" and "knowledge" during the visit.
"She does have … the desire to really learn more about what's happening here on the ground," McGrady told CTV Vancouver.
A video posted on YouTube shows Cyrus learning a traditional First Nations' song with local teens.
Last week, Cyrus asked her followers on Instagram to sign a petition against the cull. Canadian Pamela followed suit, sharing an open letter to B.C Premier Christy Clark.
In response, Clark said that Cyrus was ignorant about the issue, and mocked both women's fashion choices.
"I don't think she really knows enough about environmental policy to comment," said Clark.
"If we need help on our twerking policy in the future, perhaps we can seek her advice."
She added, "Both Pamela Anderson and Miley Cyrus, when they open up their closets, they probably don't find a lot of clothes."
McGrady said Clark's comments may have inspired Cyrus to make a stronger push for changes.
"After the premier made her comments I think that got her a little riled up and she wanted to find out more," McGrady said.
Clark also emphasized that the wolf cull is vital to protecting the caribou population in the province's Rocky Mountains region.
The species has seen its numbers dwindle in recent years, and Clark said that the province must minimize threats to its survival, such as wolves.
While Anderson agrees that it's important to protect caribou, she laid the blame for their declining numbers on disappearing habitat and forestry, rather than wolves.
"Hunting doesn't resolve the problem," she said. "It's the habitat and forestry that we need to put the money into."
B.C. is currently in the midst of five-year plan to kill hundreds of wolves in the northern regions of the province.
Despite the backlash from celebrities, so far, the province has shown no sign of backing down.