Ontario Considers Proposal To Loosen Laws On Hunting Wolves and Coyotes
The Canadian province of Ontario has introduced a proposal to loosen the restrictions on hunting wolves and coyotes — a move made to reserve moose populations for further hunting.
The proposal was introduced August 12, and remains open for comments until September 26. It was put forward on the recommendation of hunter advocacy group the Big Game Management Advisory Committee and individual hunters.
The proposal would see the elimination of tag requirements on hunting wolves and coyotes in various sectors, and extend the coyote hunting season to year round. The proposal says that these loosened restrictions would allow tourism outfits to market wolf-hunting packages to non-residents.
The proposal is still open for comments through this website, where more detailed information can be gathered.
Ontario: Hunting Wolves At Risk?
According to the Animal Alliance of Canada, a similar proposal was put forward in 2016, but didn’t go through due to public concern for the animals.
Ontario is home to two wolf species — the Grey Wolf and the Eastern Wolf. The Eastern Wolf is a threatened species, with about 500 individuals left in Canada.
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