January 10, 2005

Ont introduces measures to enhance conservation of the wolf population

TORONTO, ONT-The Ontario government is proposing to enhance the conservation of Ontario wolves through the first province-wide wolf strategy and through regulations to limit wolf hunting. The proposed wolf strategy includes: developing and implementing a research and monitoring program to determine the status of wolf populations in Ontario; requiring wolf and coyote hunters in selected wildlife management units (WMUs) in central and northern Ontario to purchase a special game seal, in addition to a small game licence (game seals would be limited to two per hunter per year); requiring mandatory reporting by hunters about wolf and coyote hunting and harvest in WMUs in central and northern Ontario; and implementing a closed season for wolf and coyote hunting and trapping from April 1 to September 14 in WMUs in central and northern Ontario. "This is the first time province-wide regulations have been proposed to limit wolf hunting in Ontario," noted Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. The province previously banned the hunting, trapping and chasing of wolves and coyotes in and around Algonquin Provincial Park, and recently designated the eastern wolf as 'special concern' on the Species at Risk list. MNR has posted the strategy and the proposed regulation changes on the Environmental Bill of Rights registry (www.ene.gov.on.ca, reference No PB04E6020).
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