The Wynne government has proposed an amendment to the hunting regulations in Northern Ontario under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 that will allow hunters to kill two wolves per season and remove all restrictions on the killing of coyotes. If this is passed, it is predicted that this 'cull' will eliminate even more wolves than the disastrous culling of the wolves that recently occurred in British Columbia.
Why is this amendment to wolf and coyote hunting being presented? Because the moose population is rapidly declining in Ontario. This is an equally important issue, however, rather than restricting the permits issued or closing the sport hunting of moose and calves, hunters will still be permitted to kill moose and their calves in Ontario. In addition, rather than seeking biologists' and environmentalists' expertise and investigate ways of protecting the moose habitat from intensive forestry and forestry applied herbicides that wither young seedlings eaten by moose during the winter months – it is simply easier to kill wolves and coyotes.
How many times do we need to be reminded that if we leave wolves alone, they will manage their own numbers in concert with their environment. And, if we leave wolves alone, we will be the ones to benefit – for the presence of wolves brings natural balance to ecosystems.
To read the details of this amendment, here is the direct link to the EBR Notice: https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI2OTQz&statusId=MTkxNjc2&language=en