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Wolves Ontario!

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Earthroots and the Wolves Ontario! Project are calling for an end to the unrestricted snaring of wolves.

The snare is a simple noose made of aircraft-grade steel cable. It is designed to tighten as the animal pulls against it; a metal catch prevents it from loosening. The animal dies through strangulation. Snares frequently have to be replaced after a capture; bent out of shape by the animals that struggled to escape.

Since snares are quick and cheap to make, trappers often set many in one given area. A set of snares located around a piece of bait or a chemical lure along well-traveled wildlife paths can effectively trap an entire wolf pack. The technique is known as "saturation snaring".

Wolves can be trapped and snared between September 15th- March 31st throughout most of their range. There are no limits to how many wolves can be killed in this way.

Snares are not selective trapping devices. For every wolf caught in a snare, it is expected that at least one other animal had been caught accidentally. 35 moose, 14 caribou, 26 red foxes, 10 coyotes, 4 golden eagles, 2 grizzly bears and 3 wolverines were unintentionally caught in snares set for Alaskan wolves during a two-year wolf control program.

Snares kill endangered species. Snares are durable, difficult to find, remain in place for years and will potentially harm any animal that comes across it first, including endangered species and dogs. Accidental snaring was a major factor contributing to the endangerment of the Newfoundland Pine Martin.

Though there are snare bans in place in 17 American states and the United Kingdom, snares are the number one killer of wolves in Ontario!

Since most snares are homemade, there are no manufacturing standards to meet.

The vast majority of Ontarians are against the use of snares. In a recent survey conducted by OraclePoll Research, 83% of the respondents were concerned that snares are legal.

Snares are not selective in what they target. Dogs, cats and endangered species can be unintentional victims of snaring. For every wolf caught in a snare, it is expected that at least one other animal had been caught accidentally.

Of the 707 Ontario wolves killed in 1995 for the commercial sale of their pelts, 93% were caught in neck snares.

Why are wolves snared?
A gray wolf with its head and claws still intact can fetch $350 US and is most often used for a rug. The pelt is also used for trim on winter coats. Some wolves are killed in order to maintain prey populations (deer, moose and beaver). Others are killed just because they are hated, feared or misunderstood.

Get involved with Earthroots' Wolves Ontario! Project and stop the indiscriminate snaring of wolves in Ontario!

Did You Know...
"The wolves move as silently as ghosts along the moonlit river. At times they almost seem transparent. They seem to appear and disappear. The longer you watch, the more you discover." - Robert Bateman

The World Conservation Union (WCU) has classified the wolf as vulnerable - "a species that is likely to become endangered in the near future if the causal factors of its decline continue to operate."

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