Grey wolves

Grey wolves inhabit the majority of Canadian provinces and territories, from the high Arctic and British Columbia to Labrador. Wolves are known to be travelling over sea ice from Labrador to Newfoundland following extirpation from the island in the early 1900s.  In total, there are between 50,000 and 60,000 wolves in Canada, occupying approximately 85% of their historic range. Grey wolves are often scapegoats for the decline of various caribou populations across Canada, and are reduced by methods of aerial gunning from helicopters, sterilization programs, and open hunting and trapping seasons. Lethal control of wolves has recently been condemned by some scientists and most conservationists - particularly given the lack of scientific validity of this unethical approach. To learn more about the treatment of wolves in western provinces, visit Wolf Awareness Inc  and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.


Eastern wolves

Eastern wolves are considered a unique species in Canada, given recent genetic research. These wolves were federally upgraded to  threatened status under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in May, 2015. There are approximately 500 eastern wolves remaining in Canada. Although their range has yet to be thoroughly surveyed, they likely inhabit only remote parts of central Ontario near Algonquin Provincial Park and western parts of Quebec.


Canadian wolves in the news:

December 23, 2022

Don’t blame wolves for moose population decline, Animal Alliance says


April 17, 2023

B.C. wolf cull leads to ‘removal’ of 84 wolves


February 12, 2023

CBC VIDEO- Wolf cull in B.C.: A war on the wolf


February 11, 2023

B.C. wolf cull will likely last 5 years, assistant deputy minister says
Scientists dispute ethics of Alberta’s wolf cull


January 30, 2023

Parks Canada launches Wolf Pack Project


January 29, 2023

Wolf Murder Canadian Style Continues as if It’s Conservation


 January 15, 2015

Wolf cull will see animals shot from helicopter to save B.C. caribou                TAKE ACTION 


January 14, 2023

What if We Didn’t Reintroduce Wolves?


January 8, 2023

Researcher, author gets up-close view of wolves


January 7, 2023

Observers expect Alberta to expand wolf kill despite government denials


December 31, 2022

Wolf alert raised in Marsh Lake, Yukon


December 29, 2022

Snow Wolf Family and Me, review: ‘authentic and thrilling’


November 23, 2022

Study: Alberta wolf cull stabilizes caribou numbers, but only buying time


November 19, 2022

Yukon man tells court he can legally shoot wolves because of aboriginal rights


November 15, 2022

Grey wolf travelling alone spurs questions for Alberta traveller


October 26, 2022

Farmers ask province for help after wolf pack moves in on pasture


October 1, 2023

Wolf hit and seriously injured on Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park


September 11, 2023

Wolf hunt to start in east-central Saskatchewan


April 18, 2023

Wolf management plan angers B.C. conservationists


February 11, 2023

End wolf bounty, conservationists ask Alberta government


October 12, 2022

Northern Alberta county sticks with wolf bounty


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  • Gwen says:

    There was a full-grown wolf on my college caumps. A professor’s daughter was a vet, found a pup, and nursed it back to health. For whatever reason, he couldn’t be released into the wild.The professor kept it in his office during the day, and would walk it around caumps. I’d never seen a wolf before. Looked more like a bear.Wolves are big.

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