IFAW Welcomes Enhanced Protection for Ontario’s Wolves

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Toronto, Ontario
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) today welcomed the Ontario Government’s decision to ban the hunting and snaring of wolves during the spring and summer. The ban will be effective from April 1st to September 14th covering wolf species including the threatened Eastern grey wolf, and their close cousin the coyote, throughout the province.
“This decision marks the first crucial first step in ensuring long-term protection for Ontario's threatened wolf population,” said IFAW Canada spokesperson Rob Sinclair.

IFAW also welcomes an extended ban on the use of wire neck snares.  Snares do not kill wolves quickly or painlessly.  Protected species and domestic pets have also fallen victim to them.

These changes mark the first real steps towards securing the long-term protection for the wolf throughout Ontario where the last municipal bounty for killing wolves was not removed until 1992. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recognized the Eastern Gray Wolf as a Species of Special Concern in May 2001.

Mr. Sinclair concluded, "We still need greater protection for wolves throughout the province but, the Ontario Government’s decision today signals a move towards a more comprehensive approach to ethical wildlife policies in Ontario."

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