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Stop Ontario's War on Wolves!

Stop Ontario's War on Wolves!

The Ford government wants wolves and coyotes to pay the price for declining moose populations in Ontario. By re-opening a proposal abandoned by the previous government after it was outed as being unscientific and unethical, the PCs are trying to liberalize the hunting of both wolves and coyotes across northern Ontario.

This proposal includes:

  • The elimination of a special game seal that hunters currently have to purchase to kill wolves and coyotes.
  • The elimination of reporting requirements which will make the limit of 2 wolf kills per hunter per year unenforceable.
  • Unlimited killing of coyotes, including pups, virtually year-round.

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The Ford government wants wolves and coyotes to pay the price for declining moose populations in Ontario. By re-opening a proposal abandoned by the previous government after it was outed as being unscientific and unethical, the PCs are trying to liberalize the hunting of both wolves and coyotes across northern Ontario.

This proposal includes:

  • The elimination of a special game seal that hunters currently have to purchase to kill wolves and coyotes.
  • The elimination of reporting requirements which will make the limit of 2 wolf kills per hunter per year unenforceable.
  • Unlimited killing of coyotes, including pups, virtually year-round.

These proposed changes aren’t designed to help moose, they are designed to persecute predators. Eastern coyotes are not major predators of moose and wolf hunting may result in smaller packs but not significantly fewer moose kills (members of smaller wolf packs may just get more to eat).

Moose are under serious threat from habitat loss and climate change, which is changing vegetation patterns, parasite loads and putting them into contact with deer--known carriers of diseases already found in nearby provinces. Better protection for calves and ecosystem-based management that prioritizes the needs of Ontario's moose population is essential.

Wolves should not be used as scapegoats – they are inherently valuable and contribute to maintaining biodiversity by being top of the food chain apex predators. The government listened to us last time we urged them to abandon a similar proposal and together we can ensure that both wolves and moose are protected in our province.

 

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