OFAH says increased wolf protection won’t do anything for species
Photo: Supplied by Kenny Trenton
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has some serious concerns about a proposed Algonquin Wolf Recovery Strategy.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is currently accepting feedback on the strategy, aimed at protecting and rebuilding the threatened species’ population. But, O.F.A.H. Manager of Policy Mark Rickman says it will also increase protection for the Eastern Coyote, because it’s hard to tell the difference between the two canines. Rickman says the sheer number of these coyotes, and the fact they mate with Algonquin Wolves, is the single biggest threat to the wolf species.
Rickman also says moose, deer, and beaver populations could be impacted by any widespread hunting and harvesting ban on either predator.
The M.N.R.F. estimates that there are about 250 to 1,000 Algonquin Wolves left in Ontario. But, Rickman says the M.NR.F’s draft recovery strategy does not specify a target size for the population.
Ultimately, Rickman says the O.F.A.H. doesn’t think the province needs more Algonquin Wolf hunting and trapping bans.
You have until February 14th to weigh in on the draft Algonquin Wolf Recovery Strategy. Click here to find out more.
**With files from Andreas Pandikiu