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I strongly oppose the provision pertaining to the Algonquin wolf because the rationale is flawed in that:
- The population size is small and uncertain, but likely between 250 and 1000 individuals.
- The species is rare; Ontario is home to 65% of the global population of Algonquin wolves (35% inhabit Quebec where the species is not yet recognized or protected) .
- The species has been confirmed in WMUs where wolf/coyote hunting occurs under the seal but mandatory reporting averages less then 60% annually; and trapping is unlimited.
- The species has been confirmed in WMUs where wolf/coyote hunting and trapping is unlimited, year-round and untracked.
- The primary lethal threats to the species are hunting and trapping
- The Minister has not provided justification that this provision will not have any significant adverse effect on the Algonquin wolf population.
- Algonquin wolves cannot be differentiated from eastern coyotes or their hybrids without a genetic test and it can be difficult to differentiate an Algonquin wolf from a grey wolf or hybrid; exempting hunters and trappers from s. 9 of the ESA is therefore unacceptable because they avoid killing Algonquin wolves.
Moreover, MNRF must commit to enforcing protection under s. 9 by performing the necessary genetic assignment tests on samples collected from every harvested Canis animal across Ontario to ensure that hunters and trappers do not illegally kill Algonquin wolves.
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