Canada-Alberta Section 11 Conservation Agreement for Woodland Caribou
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.
New plans released in a joint Agreement between Alberta and Canada propose to expand 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.
Approximately 2,500 wolves would be killed in the next five years alone. Thousands more individual wolves will suffer if this plan isn’t changed.
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2 MAJOR CONCERNS
The plan to continue killing wolves using inhumane methods with no professional oversight to end suffering.
Aerial shooting is not an approved method under Canada's current guidelines on Approved Animal Care.
Strychnine poisoning, condemned by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, remains part of Alberta’s misguided program.
Neck killing snares are commonly used for “incentivized” wolf killing in caribou ranges as part of an agreement with the Alberta’s Trapper Association. These devices are also indiscriminate and inhumane; lacking the ability to bring about a swift death.
The long-term repercussions that continued predator kill programs will have on the natural environment are being neglected, as are the consequences it will have on individual wolves and wolf populations.