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09/08/2015 09:49 EDT | Updated 09/08/2015 11:59 EDT

Miley Cyrus Opposes B.C. Wolf Cull

"I am not asking for $ or much of your time just your signature so the government will stop killing these beautiful creatures."

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Miley Cyrus wants to take a wrecking ball to B.C.'s wolf cull.

The singer-songwriter has lent her support to a campaign that aims to stop the killing of wolves in the Canadian province, which is happening in an effort to save endangered caribou.

Cyrus took to Instagram Tuesday, urging her 28 million followers to sign an anti-wolf cull petition that's being pushed by Pacific Wild, a B.C. conservation group.

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The cull, which could last as long as five years (or even a decade) began in January.

In the program's first year, helicopter hunters shot 84 wolves in B.C.'s South Peace and South Selkirk regions, which is less than half the number permitted by the province.

The hunting is expected to take place every winter in an effort to protect the area's mountain caribou, whose numbers fell almost 70 per cent in the South Selkirk area over the past six years, according to the provincial government.

Causes of the decline range from human activity to habitat destruction, but wolves have also been blamed for hurting attempts to help the species recover.

The cull has been met with plenty of criticism, with Chris Genovali of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation calling the cull "unscientific, unethical and unwarranted."

But Tom Ethier from B.C.'s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations maintains that it's an effective way to help the caribou.

So far, almost 200,000 people have signed Pacific Wild's petition to stop the hunt.

With files from The Canadian Press

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