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Wolves Ontario!

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The Wolves Ontario! project has the following goals
Raise public awareness of the current situation of Ontario wolf populations.
Actively engage the public in the campaign to make the Ontario government change current policies governing wolves and wolf hunting in the province.
Through public advocacy, achieve meaningful legislative protection for wolves and wolf habitat.

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Wolves Ontario!

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If the wolf is indeed an accurate barometer for the state of our wilderness, the current situation sends a foreboding message about the threatened integrity of Ontario's wildlands.

Few provincial parks and protected areas are of a sufficient size and quality to sustain viable wolf populations.

Wolves have large territories and can easily cover 75 km in just one day. Researchers have estimated that an area of at least 500 km2 is needed to ensure the long-term viability of a wolf population.

There are only 5 protected areas in Ontario where wolf killing is prohibited that are large enough to support a sustainable wolf population. These are: Algonquin Provincial Park, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, the Nipissing Crown Preserve and Pukaskwa National Park.

Only 3% of the province offers a protected sanctuary for wolves; these areas do not feature snares, bullets or human development.

Corridors for wolves

Ontario's protected areas are like islands with no protected corridors to join them to each other. Wolves need large contiguous areas of protected wilderness to survive.

Protection must extend beyond park boundaries. We need to create protected corridors and linkages to the scattered parks across the province. Land use pressures adjacent to protected areas must be monitored so that the goal of wolf protection is not negated by the high rates of exploitation at the park periphery.

Habitat fragmentation exposes wolves to more human-induced killing. Increased road development or more frequent use of existing roads increases the potential for more vehicle collisions with wildlife. More roads also mean increased access into previously remote areas, more human contact with wildlife and increased hunting and trapping pressure.

Current fragmentation isolates wolf populations and reduces genetic diversity - this can lead to the eventual collapse of once healthy wolf packs.

We need to manage our parks with the objective of ensuring the long-term viability of wolf populations. High-impact park uses and resource development should be prohibited within all of Ontario's protected areas. This means no logging, no mining, no hunting, no trapping. Activities allowed in protected areas should have minimal impact on the landscape and the wildlife that inhabit the region.

For more information about keeping Ontario's protected areas free from these destructive uses please visit the Earthroots website at or enquire about Earthroots' Protected Areas campaign at

Park Alert!

Did You Know...
Radio-collared wolves have been tracked ranging more than 700 kilometres.

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