ABOUT WOLF AWARENESS
Wolf Awareness is a non-profit conservation organization, established in 1987, dedicated to developing positive attitudes towards predators in general, the wolf in particular, and to fostering an appreciation for the environment of which all of us are a part.
As a registered charity (CHARITABLE #: 119301851 RR 001) we work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGO's to increase understanding, improve tolerance levels and promote coexistence among humans and wolves.
5 ACTION ALERTS!
In Canada, long-outdated policies continue to allow the use of three reckless and violent poisons to kill wildlife.
They are inhumane, with symptoms being extremely painful and prolonged before death.
Call upon the Government of Canada to take immediate measures to end the use of strychnine, Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide for killing wolves, bears, coyotes, and other large vertebrates.
Published research that shows strychnine baits laid for wolves in Little Smoky caribou range in Alberta killed more non-target animals than wolves (aside from wolves there were at least 250 animals from 12 different species killed by strychnine.)
In fact, more non-target wildlife died than the number of caribou in the herd the government is supposedly trying to protect.
Strychnine is an indiscriminate killer that has claimed people and pets in addition to wildlife.
New plans released in a joint Agreement between Alberta and Canada propose to expand wolf and predator killing to all caribou ranges in Alberta, while still failing to address the long-term protection of habitat suitable for self-sustaining caribou herds.
Since 2005 an estimated 2,500 wolves have been killed as part of Alberta's recovery plan for Woodland caribou. They're shot from helicopters, slowly strangled in killing snares, or asphyxiated by strychnine after experiencing excruciating convulsions.
The British Columbia government has been directing an unwarranted and inhumane wolf kill program ostensibly to protect declining caribou populations.
And now the wolf kill has been expanded to a 3rd region - the Revelstoke area.Using methods like aerial gunning, even more wolves will die in unspeakable ways, for no reason.
They call them "Judas Wolves." Wolves fitted with tracking radio collars who unwittingly betray the location of their packs when they return home. Helicopters come and entire wolf families are then chased and shot from the air.
The British Columbia government plans to expand the killing, with a target of "80% wolf mortality" in some areas. MILLIONS of dollars more will be spent on this blood campaign under the guise of caribou recovery, rather than invest in immediate habitat restoration.
These plans were deliberately hidden from the public. But thanks to a leaked memo you can have your say.
Who are the real betrayers?
OUR POLICY POSITION ON LETHAL CONTROL
As caribou declines accelerate in Canada, wolves are once again being scapegoated in attempts to protect oil and gas, mining, forestry, and recreational activities. We urge provincial and federal political parties, politicians, and all special interests who support wolf kill programs under the guise of caribou conservation to review studies on predator control and environmental ethics and reconsider their position on killing predators as an unethical means to achieve the conservation of endangered caribou.
The public, decision-makers, many wildlife managers, and apologists fail to distinguish between existence of caribou and long-term persistence of the ecological systems on which the caribou depend. Intact ecological systems are characterised by the species that inhabit them and by the ecological functions and processes that link species with their environment (e.g. food, security, thermal regulation, migration, predator-prey relationships). Although species can continue to exist after natural ecological relationships have been altered or destroyed, most ecologists understand that such systems are not sustainable and not representative of healthy environments or successful conservation.