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Wolves Ontario!

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The best way to stay informed about developments around the Wolves Ontario! project is:
Check the Wolves Ontario! website often
Email the Wolves Ontario! project coordinator at
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The Defenders email list is the best way to receive the latest breaking news about wolves in Ontario, keep up to date on the newest action alerts and press releases, and keep you informed about important volunteer opportunities.

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Please write a letter outlining your concerns to David Ramsay, (the provincial minister responsible for wolves in Ontario) and to Deborah Stetson – the Manager of the Wildlife Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Demand stronger protection for wolves in Ontario!

David Ramsay
Room 6630
Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. West.
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1W3
Fax: 416-314-2216
Phone: 416-314-2301

Deborah Stetson
Section Manager of the Wildlife Branch of the MNR
300 Water St.
5th floor North Tower
P.O. Box 7000
K9J 8M5
Fax: 705-755-1900
Phone: 705-755-1925

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Aren't wolves violent and aggressive animals that humans should fear?
Your chances of encountering a wolf let alone catching a glimpse of one are extremely rare. Wolves are elusive animals and tend to shy away from people. There has only been one documented case of healthy wild wolves killing a human in North America and the evidence is showing that these wolves were likely habituated to garbage and lost their fear of humans. Like most wildlife, wolves respond to human activity. The risk of an attack has more to do with how humans behave in wildlife habitat. Though wolf attacks are extremely rare, hikers, campers and other nature enthusiasts should act responsibly and tread lightly when entering wolf country.
What role do wolves play in the ecosystem?
As predators, wolves play a significant role keeping prey populations in check, ensuring that only the fittest survive. They also keep herds of caribou and other ungulates on the move, thereby protecting habitats from the harmful effects of over-grazing. In addition, a wolf's catch provides food for many other animals including ravens, eagles, wolverines and bears.
Are there any countries where wolves have become extinct?
Wolves are extinct in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They also no longer exist in 95% of their former range in the lower 48 American states and are highly endangered in Mexico. The World Conservation Union classifies wolves as vulnerable, meaning that if current situations continue, the species will become endangered in the future.
Are there any alternatives to the snare for trapping wolves?
According to the Fur Institute of Canada, in a publication made possible by Environment Canada: "No effective quick-killing trap has as yet been devised for the larger predators (wolves, coyotes, lynx and foxes)."
What is the current wolf population in Canada?
Because of a lack of good data - estimates of wolf populations are only rough at best. The estimates range between 50,000 and 60,000. Noted wolf researcher, Dr. John Theberge, estimates that 14% (approximately 8,000) of the Canadian population is killed each year.
Are any wolf populations in Canada endangered, or have any gone extinct?
The last wolves left Newfoundland in 1911 and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1970. Wolves were effectively forced out of the prairies by the 1900's due to the extermination of the bison. Also, the southern regions of Ontario and Quebec are no longer inhabited by wolves due to the high concentration of human activity in these areas. The Eastern Canadian wolf (Canis lycaon) most common to central Ontario was added to the National Species at Risk List by COSEWIC during the spring of 2001. It is classified as a "Species of Special Concern".
What is the current wolf population in Ontario and how is it obtained?
It is estimated that there are between 8,000 and 10,000 wolves in Ontario. However, no reliable survey method has been employed. This estimate was obtained by survey responses filled out by hunters and trappers and by extrapolating numbers from pelt records.
Isn't wolf trapping regulated?
Although the Ontario government recently closed the wolf trapping season from April 1st to September 14th, there are still no quota restrictions. This means a licensed trapper can snare or trap as many wolves as he or she likes all year round. Ontario farmers don't need a license or a reason to kill unwanted predators.
Did You Know...
Wolves have disappeared from the Canadian prairies, the Maritime provinces and the southern regions of Ontario and Quebec due to wolf control programs, agricultural intensification, land clearing and other forms of human development.

When wolves hunt in packs they are capable of taking down large ungulates like moose, bison, elk and deer. However they only catch one animal for every ten that they chase.

Wolves can go for two weeks without food and then eat 20 lbs of meat at the first kill.

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