Ontario announces wolf and coyote cull. Please add your comments to this petition. We need an avalanche of comments into the Premier's office to stop this. Let's Stop the War on Wildlife!
EBR # 012- 6073
As all controversial government announcements are released when no one is watching, so too was the announcement by Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne to begin a wolf and coyote cull in Northern Ontario.
Posted on Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights Registry (EBR #012-6073) on December 17, the Ontario govt. is proposing to remove the previous requirements for hunters to purchase a special hunting ‘seal’ to kill wolves and remove the restriction to kill only one wolf per season.
This wolf cull is not the same as the wolf culls of British Columbia where sharp shooters in helicopters chase and exhaust wolves and then gun them down.
This cull is much worse.
In Ontario the Wynne govt. will allow any hunter holding a small game hunting license to kill two wolves per season and remove all restrictions on the killing of coyotes.
To put this in perspective, in 2010 (most current statistics available) Ontario sold over 28,000 small game licenses. When sold as a three year small game license, this number swells to over 100,000 small game hunters (2008 statistics). If this proposal is approved, each small game hunter can kill two wolves per season and as many coyotes as desired.
Unlike targeted culls where a specific number of wolves are killed, the Ontario cull allows for thousands of wolves to be killed each year.
Why? Because the moose population is rapidly declining in Ontario.
Rather than close the sport hunting of moose and calves – yes - one can still kill a moose calf in Ontario – and/or protect 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.
There is no reason to kill wolves or coyotes except out of hatred or for luxury fur products.
We fear for their safety and we need your help.
Here is a sample comment from hunters who posted on the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ facebook page.
Cody Perry: “Change the price of a moose tag to "one wolf pelt". Eliminate limit on wolf hunt. Let the guys who shoot wolves and trade them for moose tags sell the tag for whatever price they can get. Cheapest bounty system for the tax payer, reduces moose harvest substantially, eliminates the draw, makes hunting wolves a feasible way to make a living, helps bring wolf population down to a sustainable level.”
This is second major cull announced by the Ontario govt. in the last two months. The first was the cull of black bears through a spring bear hunt.
We hope you will get angry enough to say ‘enough is enough’. Please add your comments to this petition. We need an avalanche of comments into the Premier’s office to stop this. Let’s Stop the War on Wildlife.
Thank You !!