The goals of the Wolves Ontario! Project are the following:
1)to raise public awareness of the threats to Ontario wolf populations.
2)to actively engage the public in the campaign to pressure the government to change the current policies governing wolves and wolf hunting, trapping and snaring in the province.
3)Through public advocacy, we hope to achieve meaningful legislative protection for wolves and their habitat.
The reason for alarm is that wolf "control" programs based on irrational fears have led to virtual extirpation of the wolf from the lower 48 states in the US and significantly decreased wolf populations in Canada. In Ontario, wolves continue to be hunted and trapped year round, for there is currently no management plan or governmental policy in place to protect wolves in Ontario.
With an open season and no bag limits on wolves, and the fact that farmers do not need a license or a reason to trap or hunt wolves on their property, these creatures are in a perilous position.
In order to achieve this protection, we are encouraging local community action. Community coordinators are needed to distribute information, organize local letter-writing campaigns, and educate their friends and neighbours. If you are interested in helping us with this campaign, we will provide you with Wolves Ontario! factsheets, action alerts, news clippings and advice that you can use to mobilize your community for the wolves.