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May 31, 2004
Ontario government protects Algonquin wolves!
May 31, 2004, TORONTO — The Ontario government is
protecting the Eastern Wolf by permanently banning the
hunting, trapping and chasing of wolves and coyotes in
and around Algonquin Provincial Park, Natural Resources
Minister David Ramsay announced today.
MNR press release.
Please take a moment to congratulate Minister of Natural
Resources David Ramsay on this farsighted decision!
March 13, 2004
Algonquin wolves to be protected - your letters needed!
March 13, 2004
Please register your formal support for
the government's proposal to make the ban on hunting,
killing and snaring of Algonquin wolves permanent and to close the coyote
loophole. It will be posted on the
Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry for 30
days. Written submissions may be made until April 2,
» Send a letter
though the AlgonquinWolves.ca action centre
» Send a fax through the CanadianWolves.net
March 3, 2004
! Please thank Ontario government for permanent ban on
killing Algonquin wolves and coyotes
Click for background info
On March 3, 2004 the Ontario
government announced its intention to make the ban on
hunting, trapping or snaring wolves in 39 townships around
Algonquin Park permanent. The government also closed the
loophole allowing the killing of coyotes (which the eastern
wolf can be easily mistaken for) in the moratorium zone.
The government says it will add the eastern wolf to the
Ontario list of Species at Risk as a species of special
concern. This announcement will make the future for Algonquin's
special population of eastern wolves much more secure.
MNR press release.
Thank you to
everyone who phoned, wrote or emailed in support of this
issue. Please take a moment of your time to congratulate Minister of Natural
Resources David Ramsay on this farsighted decision and on
his commitment to develop a province-wide wolf conservation
Hon. David Ramsay
Ministry of Natural Resources
99 Wellesley Street W
Algonquin Wolves at Risk
Photo courtesy Bob McElroy
Young Eastern Wolf
A wolf pack has a complex
hierarchal social structure.
But one of the effects of the
high mortality of Algonquin
wolves is that there are very
few older wolves. The pack
structure is currently being
seriously stressed and
Story and photos of this young
Wolves of Algonquin Park
Ontario's Algonquin provincial park is home to
approximately 150-175 wolves. It is the largest protected
population of Eastern wolf (Canis lycaon), designated as
Special Concern on Canada's Species at Risk list.
Two-thirds of wolf deaths
Scientific research has found that the park population is
not secure. In a protected area where wolves should be
dying of natural causes, two thirds of wolf deaths have
been found to be human-caused. Natural wolf pack
territories extend beyond park boundaries, where hunting
and trapping occur. A temporary moratorium on wolf
killing in townships surrounding the park is set to expire
in June 2004, and does not apply to coyotes, which
increases the risk that wolves mistaken for coyotes will be
snared, trapped or shot.
Permanent moratorium on wolf
The wolves of Algonquin Park need a permanent moratorium on
wolf killing in townships surrounding the park, the
moratorium must include coyotes, and must be accompanied by
a provincial wolf conservation policy. To learn more please