Earthroots congratulates Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay who permanently banned the hunting and of wolves and coyotes in the 30 townships surrounding Algonquin Provincial Park on May 3, 2004.
Protection measures for the wolves of Algonquin Provincial Park include:
- A permanent ban on the hunting and trapping of wolves and coyotes year-round in the 39 townships surrounding Algonquin Provincial Park. (The inclusion of coyotes in the regulation is essential to ensure the wolf killing prohibition is enforced. This measure reduces the likelihood of accidental wolf kills as it is difficult to distinguish between an eastern wolf, a coyote and a hybrid of the two).
- A ban on the chasing of wolves or coyotes with dogs, both in the park and in townships surrounding the park
- Adding the eastern wolf to the new list of Species at Risk in Ontario as a Species of Special Concern, which is consistent with its national designation given by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
- The continuation of wolf research and monitoring to ensure the sustainability of the wolves in and around Algonquin Park
- The developement of a provincial wolf management strategy
*Landowners are still permitted to harass, capture or kill wolves or coyotes in protection of their property and farm animals.